Louisville, KY – A Louisville police major who called Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters “punks” in an email to officers in August has been relieved of her command and will retire effective Oct. 1.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s (LMPD) Fifth Division commander, Major Bridget Hallahan, blasted the violent protesters who rioted in Louisville and told officers she knew it was hard to keep their opinions to themselves “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 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,” her email said.
“Our little pinky toenails have more character, morals, and ethics, than these punks have in their entire body,” Major Hallahan wrote in the email. “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,” the commander continued. “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 told officers in her email that they could come to her office if they needed to vent, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Maj. Hallahan’s email also said Louisville officers and their families had been “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,” she wrote. “What we can do is speak up against them and put the truth out there. Through the PIO office and the LMPD FB page, we will come back at them on their own page to let them and everyone else know they are lying. We will print the facts. I will see to it.”
“We have already taken care of one incident. I hope we never have to do it again. Just know I got your back,” the major promised her officers in the email, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Maj. Hallahan ran LMPD’s training division before she became commander of the Fifth Division in July.
Louisville City Councilmember Bill Hollander requested that Maj. Hallahan be relieved of her command after the email was released, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
“I think it hurts the entire department,” Hollander said. “It’s making constituents wonder what kind of people we’re really employing and promoting to leadership positions. And that’s very unfortunate. Our police officers have a very difficult job and they don’t need this kind of inappropriate communication.”
Maj. Hallahan’s email became public the same day that an email by LMPD Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly was released, one day ahead of the announcement that only one officer had been indicted in connection with the Breonna Taylor shooting, and not for shooting Taylor.
Sgt. Mattingly was shot when officers served a warrant on Taylor’s home on March 13 and her boyfriend opened fire on them.
Officer returned fire and Taylor was killed.
The missive, which Sgt. Mattingly sent out at 2:09 a.m. on Sept. 22, was addressed to “LMPD Family” and arrived as federal and city officials were preparing for potential riots when Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the officers involved in Taylor’s death would not face criminal charges in connection with her death.
LMPD Interim Chief Robert Schroeder said that the department was also reviewing Sgt. Mattingly’s email to decide what action to take, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.