Louisville Police Major Receives Backlash For Comments About Antifa and BLM

-Written By @Cabbagepatchgrl

According to NBC News, a Louisville, Kentucky police major is under fire for comments she made in an email she sent to colleagues back in August.

A spokeswoman said that In the email, the officer wrote that people who are a part of the Antifa or Black Lives Matter movement are “punks” who are not important.

On Thursday, Police Major, Bridget Hallahan, confirmed to NBC News that she did, in fact, write the email and that her fellow officers have been supportive.

A journalist named Phillip Bailey; tweeted screenshots of the email provided to him by an unknown law enforcement source Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Lamont Washington said that the department had been made aware of the email and are looking into it, but “have no other comment to offer.”

The email starts by saying: “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.”

As she continued, she said, “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.” She added,” our little pinky toenails have more character, morals, and ethics than these punks have in their entire body.”

“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 for their entire life,” she said.

” If you need to bitch about it and get it off your chest, come to my office, and we can vent together,” she continued, claiming that officers “are being doxed merely because people just don’t like being told what to do or what not to do by police.”

Since the tweet, Hallahan has received some serious backlash, mostly from Louisville residents.

One of those residents, Nicole Griffin, wrote: “I live in Louisville & I’m hurt & disgusted by this email from Major Bridget Hallahan @LMPD. Why does she view the community like this. How is this helpful? I don’t know one soul who is in Antifa??? And if they wash cars or cash someone out at Walmart, there’s no shame in that!”

‘Antifa’ are known to be anti-fascist activists.

“She can say whatever she wants. If we in retail don’t do our jobs correctly, we get fired. They get a slap on the wrist and a free job in another county. Mind you; if we in retail all don’t do our jobs, they don’t eat. no one eats,” said another Twitter user who identifies as a retail worker.

The same day the screenshots of Hallahan’s email were posted was the same day an email from one of the officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, at one of the centers on the Breonna Taylor case, surfaced.

In the email, Mattingly apologized to his colleagues and their families, defending his actions during the raid of Taylor’s home. He said that Mayor Greg Fischer and others “failed all of us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their asses.”

Mattingly was shot in the thigh, during a drug raid gone wrong at Taylor’s home on March 13, where no drugs or money were recovered.

According to Hankison’s termination letter, Mattingly and Officer Myles Cosgrove returned fire, and a third officer, Brett Hankison, began shooting through Taylor’s window and patio door. Taylor was struck six times, none of those rounds were fired by Hankison.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, said Hankison was fired in June.

Hankison was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Attorney-General Cameron said his investigation showed that Cosgrove and Mattingly “were justified in their return of deadly fire after having been fired upon,” none of the officers received charges for Taylor’s death.

The day that the grand jury’s decision was announced, Mattingly wrote in an email to his colleagues: “I don’t know a lot of you guys/gals, but I’ve felt the love.” He said, “I know we did the legal, moral, and ethical thing that night.”

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