A former police official in Kentucky repeatedly encouraged a recruit on Facebook to “shoot” Black kids caught smoking marijuana and to sexually abuse their parents, according to media reports.
The revelation in suburban Louisville has sparked an outrage in the local Black community, which was demanding answers.
According to documents that were released on Friday, Todd Shaw, who resigned from the suburban Louisville department after it conducted its own investigation, sent several disgusting, racist Facebook messages to the recruit, according to Jefferson County prosecutor Mike O’Connell.
Shaw had fought to keep the messages private but Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman ruled this week that the records must be released.
The question was part of a paper the recruit was writing about “the right thing to do,” according to O’Connell’s letter.
“F—- the right thing,”
Shaw allegedly responded. “If black shoot them.”
And as for what to tell the parents of the juveniles, Shaw said, “Call their parents…if mom is hot then f—- her…if dad is hot then handcuff him and make him suck my d—-,” according to O’Connell’s letter.
Shaw continued, “Unless daddy is black. Then shoot him.”
In another Facebook message, Shaw told the recruit housing projects needed to be leveled.
“For years I have seen the blacks live off uss (sic) and putting them in one big housing area breeds HUGE peoblems (sic)“ Shaw wrote. “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 … .”
“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,” O’Connell wrote.
The prosecutor discovered the Facebook messages while investigating Shaw for interfering with a sexual abuse probe. Officials suspended him without pay in September, and he resigned after the prosecutor confronted him with the social media message. “We want him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He should find no peace in this community,” the Urban League stated.