A former assistant police chief from Kentucky has had communications of his revealed by a judge wherein he states a number of racist and incendiary remarks. Todd Shaw is currently under investigation after it emerged he had offered illegal assistance to two Louisville police officers who had been charged with sexually abusing two teenagers. It emerged during the sex probe that Shaw’s private communications would be public. While Shaw tried to sue to prevent this the judge ruled that his position as assistant police chief warranted an increased level of public scrutiny.
The comments were made when a younger recruit contacted Shaw and asked him for advice on how to write a paper titled “The Right Thing to Do,” to which Shaw replied,
“If black, shoot them.
“Call their (pa)rents … If mom is hot then f**k her… If dad is hot then handcuff him and make him suck my d**k... Unless daddy is black. Then shoot him.”
The remarks have been strongly condemned and 20 open investigations that Shaw played a critical role have been dismissed as a result of his emergent bias. The attorney investigating the evidence wrote, when forwarding the messages to the mayor,
“There is no place in police departments for men or women who hold such strongly held prejudices, including recommending shooting people simply because of their race.”
No further details regarding the messages have been revealed although the attorney’s letter to the mayor did describe the messages as “threatening” towards the recruit, and the court has ruled that the recruit’s identity should remain anonymous.
Police in Louisville remain under investigation as part of the sex probe and we can’t imagine that this event helps their case much. Not only was the assistant police chief actively trying to undermine a criminal investigation in order to protect two police officers who had sexually assaulted underage teenage girls, but it also turns out the same policeman is a disgusting bigot. At a time when police are under heavy criticism for their shooting of unarmed black men, this only lends strengths to the critics’ arguments.