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'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit

'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit 'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit
Nellie Chapman | 22 January, 2018, 23:55

As Louisville's WDRB reported Friday, Todd Shaw, the ex-assistant police chief of the suburban Louisville police department, sent a number of "highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages" to a recruit.

According to Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell, the messages were between former Asst.

Given another scenario in which a juvenile is caught smoking pot, Shaw sent a message saying the recruit should have sex with the mother if she's attractive and that he should force the father to perform oral sex on him while handcuffed, according to the Courier Journal.

The recruit, who has not been named, asked the former Assistant Police Chief Todd Shaw what "the right thing" to do would be, and Shaw responded, "Fuck the right thing", according to documents reviewed by local media.

Todd Shaw, who resigned from the Prospect department past year, made the comments in Facebook messages to a Louisville Metro Police Department recruit.

When the recruit followed up with questions about what to tell the theoretical teens' parents, Shaw doubled down.

Shaw continued, "Unless daddy is black".

Shaw resigned from the Prospect Police Department in late November while under internal investigation.

In another Facebook message, the ousted chief described Martin Luther King as "nothing but a racist womanzier ... but because someone shot him, I get a day off with pay each year". The recruit asked: "Does this hair make it look like I have a gun in my hand?" to which Shaw replied: "To me, yes". Shaw's messages, which were sent to the recruit between September and October of 2016, were made public this week.

Shaw resigned from the Prospect Police Department in suburban Louisville late a year ago. Shaw was being investigated for providing illegal assistance to one of the officers.

Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman denied the motion, noting that because Shaw was the assistant police chief and acting chief for Prospect as the time of his resignation, "that responsibility lends itself to a higher level of public scrutiny".

Shaw's lawyer, Michael Burns, says he was just "playing" with these and other messages, and that that he "treated all people fairly" as a law enforcement officer. "These actions spit in the face of the determined effort hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers put forth to build trust and legitimacy in the communities they serve".