A police chief in Louisville, Kentucky, is on the centre of an inside investigation after she was reported to have despatched an electronic mail saying Black Lives Matter members ought to “be the ones washing our cars”.
Major Bridget Hallahan, who instructions the Fifth Division of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), added that members of Antifa had been “punks” with no significance, in an electronic mail despatched final month.
A police spokesman, Lamont Washington, advised NBC News on Thursday that the division was wanting into the e-mail, saying there was “no other comment to offer.”
Ms Hallahan’s feedback got here to mild on Tuesday, when a Louisville-based reporter, Phillip Bailey, shared screenshots that had been handed to him by an unnamed supply.
The electronic mail, which opens with a grievance about public criticism of the police division, warns LMPD officers about “validating” demonstrations in opposition to racism and police brutality seen because the division was accused of killing Breonna Taylor, a 26-year previous Black girl, in March.
“These ANTIFA and BLM people, especially the ones who just jumped on the bandwagon ‘yesterday’ because they became ‘woke’ (insert eye roll here), do not deserve a second glance or thought from us,” reads the e-mail. “Our little pinky toenails have more character, morals, and ethics, than these punks have in their entire body.”
“Do not stoop to their level. Do not respond to them. If we do, we only validate what they did. Don’t make them important, because they are not,” Ms Hallahan wrote. “They will be the ones washing our cars, cashing us out at the Walmart, or living in their parents’ basement playing COD [Call of Duty] for their entire life.”
How frustrated is @LMPD?
A law enforcement source got me this August message from Maj. Bridget Hallahan to 5th Div. (Highland) officers calling protesters “punks” who “will be the ones washing our cars, cashing us out at the @Walmart or living” with their parents. #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/X5YhcycgGI
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) September 23, 2020
The email ends with the police chief encouraging LMPD officers to visit her office to “b***h” and “vent” concerning the demonstrations.
Ms Hallahan’s email was shared widely on Wednesday, as a court decided not to charge LMPD officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor during a drugs raid carried-out at the wrong address, in which the woman’s boyfriend fired at police.
Taking to Twitter, Louisville residents condemned the police chief’s email, with one resident, Nicole Griffin, asking: “How is this helpful? I don’t know one soul who is in Antifa??? And if they wash cars or cash someone out at Walmart there’s no shame in that!”
Antifa, the title attributed to an organised motion of left-wing activists, has repeatedly been cited by Republicans and president Donald Trump because the supply of violence seen at some protests, with out proof.