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


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 seeks in the police. He says police already have it, and their critics need to get it.

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."