Louisville police major reportedly calls protesters ‘punks’ in disparaging email

Louisville police major reportedly calls protesters ‘punks’ in disparaging email

A white Louisville police major reportedly disparaged people protesting racial injustice and police brutality as “punks” who will be washing cars, toiling at Walmart or living in their parents’ basements all their lives, according to a report.

“I know it is hard to keep our thoughts and opinions to ourselves sometimes, especially when we, as a whole or as an individual, become the target of people in the public who criticize what we do without even knowing the facts,” the message purportedly written by Maj. Bridget Hallahan reads, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

“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. Our little pinky toenails have more character, morals, and ethics, than these punks have in their entire body,” the disparaging missive continues.

“Do not stop 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. They will be the ones washing our cars, cashing us out at the Walmart, or living in their parents’ basement playing COD for their entire life,” it adds.

The message also claims that cops and their families are being “doxed merely because people just don’t like being told what to do or what not to do by police.”

“There is currently no recourse we have for incidents involving the doxing of officers or their families,” the writer says. “What we can do is speak up against them and put the truth out there.”

Hallahan, who commands the police force’s Fifth Division, could not be reached for comment by the newspaper. Police spokesman Sgt. Lamont Washington told the outlet that the department is looking into the matter and had no further comment.

Councilman Brandon Coan said the missive seems “out of character” for Hallahan, “and that’s why it’s so shocking.”

“I’m disappointed,” he told the Courier-Journal. “I think it’s a totally unacceptable attitude of any police officer and extremely poor leadership from a major. I think she owes the community an apology and she’ll have to deal with the consequences of her conduct.”

The news outlet said it obtained the message Tuesday, hours after an email surfaced from Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting.

Mattingly and Detective Miles Cosgrove have been found to be “justified” in returning fire after Taylor’s boyfriend fired first with a licensed handgun during a botched raid.

Brett Hankison, meanwhile, has been indicted on charges that he fired several rounds into Taylor’s apartment that went into an occupied neighboring unit.

Neither he nor any of the other officers involved were criminally charged for her death.

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