An officer with the Louisville, Kentucky Metropolitan Police Department has been placed under investigation after sending an email to her colleagues denouncing Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists as “punks.”
According to NBC News, Maj. Bridget Hallahan sent the email to the department’s Fifth Division, of which she was the head. Interim Chief Robert Schroeder told the outlet on Friday that Hallahan had been relieved of her command of the division and is set to retire effective October 1.
An unidentified source in law enforcement sent a copy of the email to Louisville area journalist Phillip Bailey, who blasted the email on Twitter.
How frustrated is @LMPD?
A law enforcement source got me this August message from Maj. Bridget Hallahan to 5th Div. (Highland) officers calling protesters "punks" who "will be the ones washing our cars, cashing us out at the @Walmart or living" with their parents. #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/X5YhcycgGI
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) September 23, 2020
“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,” Hallahan wrote in the controversial email. “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 toe nails have more character, morals, and ethics, than these punks have in their entire body,” she went on. “Do not stoop 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 [“Call of Duty”] for their entire life.”
Hallahan went on to tell her colleagues, “If you need to bitch about it and get it off your chest, come to my office and we can vent together” and lamented that officers “are being doxed merely because people just don’t like being told what to do or what not to do by police.”
LMPD spokesman Sgt. Lamont Washington told NBC News that the department was aware of the email and investigating the matter, emphasizing that Hallahan’s words “do not represent the views of [the] department.”
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