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FOP President lashes out at 'sensationalists, liars and race-baiters'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In an open letter to the public, the president of the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge is lashing out at “sensationalists, liars and race-baiters.”

In a letter sent out Thursday afternoon, FOP President Dave Mutchler uses strong language to condemn what he calls “idiocy and lies” in the wake of last weekend's fatal officer-involved shooting, saying the FOP will no longer “stand on the sidelines.”

The letter condemns those who “use misinformation and who sensationalize tragedy at every opportunity to forward their political agendas.”

A paragraph is dedicated to thanking those who support police and Mutchler pledges that police will continue to serve and protect citizens. Another denounces the “criminal element” in the community, condemning their actions and pledging to “use every option available to take [criminals] into custody.”

The letter also takes particular aim at “liars, sensationalists and race-baiters,” saying “we are done with you.”

He concludes by challenging the public to have the same integrity and dedication that it says it seeks in the police. He says police already have it, and their critics need to get it.

On Friday, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad released the following statement in response to the FOP letter:

“I have read the recent letter from Dave Mutchler, the President of River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614. I have also had the opportunity to speak with President Mutchler. He wrote this letter in his role as the FOP President. As the Chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department, I have a very different role. It is my job to work with the men and women of this department to do all we can to make Louisville a safer community. My most important job is to protect and serve the citizens of Louisville, and I do not believe this serves the interest of the community. To this end, we must always treat everyone with respect and dignity. By doing so, we earn their trust, which is essential to our success in policing this great community. We have seen far too much violence over the past few months! Now is the time for all of us to work together to truly make Louisville the kind of community we all want it to be.”

Thursday night, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer responded to the letter on Twitter, saying: 

"I appreciate that emotions are high after the tragic event of last week. This letter does not reflect the sentiments of me or the vast majority of Louisville's citizens, who know that we are all on the same page, working to build safe and strong communities for all of our families. We are in this together -- police who put their lives on the line to keep us safe while building strong relationships of trust, and community members, who must be engaged citizens involved in our efforts to create a compassionate, thriving Louisville. Rather than incite anger and distrust between the police and the community, my administration will continue to work to build those critical relationships and the trust they create."

You can read the full text of the FOP letter here.

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