‘If Black Shoot Them’: Kentucky Official Instructed Police Recruit To Shoot Black People
Todd Shaw, the former assistant police chief of Prospect, Kentucky instructed an LMPD recruit to shoot black people if he caught them smoking marijuana, Louisville’s WDRB reported Friday.
Shaw, who resigned from his post late last year amid investigations into his conduct, sent several “highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages” to the recruit, local authorities said.
When asked by the recruit what the “right thing to do” would be if he found three teens smoking marijuana (as per an assignment), Shaw wrote back that the recruit should disregard right and wrong.
“F— the right thing,” Shaw wrote, according to newly-unsealed court records obtained by the station. “If black shoot them,” he added.
When the recruit followed up with questions about what to tell the theoretical teens’ parents, Shaw doubled down.
“Call their (pa)rents,” he wrote. “If mom is hot then f— her … if dad is hot then handcuff him and make him suck my d—.”
“Unless daddy is black,” Shaw continued. “Then shoot him.”
The former police official has fought to keep the messages, which are part of the public record under Kentucky law, away from the press. This week, however, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman ruled that the messages must be released to the public.
“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 said in a statement.