In the wake of widespread anti-police riots across the nation, cops are increasingly aware that any officer-involved shooting of a black suspect is poised to become the next rallying event for such civil unrest. For that reason, one sheriff in Kentucky is actually relieved a man recently shot by a Bardstown police officer wasn’t black.
In a press conference discussing the recent incident, one reporter asked Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly if he was “concerned about some sort of backlash from the community.”
After a muted chuckle, Mattingly explained he and others in his profession must respond appropriately to the ongoing push to depict the law enforcement community as racist.
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“We must take notice of previous cases … and how the media have handled those situations,” he said, explaining that it is his mission to make sure those in the community are “informed and accurately informed” regarding the facts of this case.
“We are glad that he is white,” Mattingly said of suspect John Kennedy Fenwick, who was transported to a Louisville hospital in critical condition after he allegedly rammed an officer’s cruiser and was shot.
Though Mattingly acknowledged that “we shouldn’t have to be worried about that,” he made it clear that his relief is based on the fact that there will likely be no riots as a result of this shooting.
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“We do not want any backlash or violence in this community because people have been misinformed,” he explained, urging locals to wait until all the facts are in before forming an opinion.
“The state police must continue to investigate the case,” he concluded.
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