Former Kentucky Police Chief Instructed Recruit To Shoot Black Teens If Caught Smoking Weed
A former assistant police chief from Kentucky previously told a Louisville Metro Police recruit that if he catches juveniles smoking marijuana, he should “shoot them” if they are black.
According to documents released Friday, Todd Shaw, who resigned from the suburban Louisville department after it conducted its own investigation last year, sent several “highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages” to the recruit. Although Shaw tried to keep the messages private, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman ruled that the records must be released after media outlets requested them under Kentucky’s open records law.
In a report from WDRB, in one of the Facebook messages the LMPD recruit asked Shaw about “the right thing to do” in a scenario where he catches three juveniles smoking marijuana, to which Shaw responded: “F**k the right thing. If black shoot them.”
And when asked what to tell the parents of the juveniles he said: “…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.”
In another Facebook message Shaw also old the recruit housing projects needed to be leveled, writing:
“For years I have seen the blacks live off uss (sic) and putting them in one big housing area breeds HUGE problems (sic). We don’t see a Muslim problem around here we just see lazy ass people that don’t want to work and that entices more Mexicans to cross the border and take the American jobs.”
And in a message about Martin Luther King Jr., Shaw called the civil rights icon “nothing but a raciast (sic) womanizer…but because someone shot him, I get a day off with pay each year so I will take it.”
“The City of Prospect has zero tolerance for the type of content sent by Shaw,” Prospect Mayor John Evans wrote. “… I want to make it crystal clear: neither the City of Prospect, not its citizens, condone, support or endorses the views expressed by Shaw in these postings/messages.”
“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,” Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell added.
Shaw, who retired from LMPD as a sergeant in 2009, was investigated for providing illegal assistance to Kenneth Betts, one of two officers charged with committing sexual abuse of teens while with the Louisville department’s Explorer mentoring program.