LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- In response to a deadly police shooting on June 13 in Old Louisville the president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police wrote a strong open letter addressed to criminals.
"...The self appointed spokespersons who choose to remain blind to reason." Dave Mutchler writes "police will always protect the citizens and themselves."
FOP President Dave Mutchler says the FOP "will no longer stand on the sidelines while anyone continues to assault and demonize us."
Mutchler says "they will use deadly force back if anyone uses deadly force against an officer or attempts to."
Mayor Greg Fischer responded to the letter 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."
The following statement is from LMPD Chief Steve Conrad: "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."
LINK TO READ LETTER IN ITS ENTIRETY: http://www.whas11.com/story/news/local/community/2015/06/19/fop-letter-open-letter-dave-mutchler/28973947/
FOP Open Letter WATCH: http://www.whas11.com/videos/news/local/2015/06/19/fop-open-letter/28991937/
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TOPIC 2: Where the Confederate Flag Is Being Taken Down Across US
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the statehouse grounds there in light of a horrific shooting in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist set off a chain reaction among other Southern leaders asking for symbols of the Confederacy to be removed from official life in their states.
Here's a list of other places where Confederate symbols and imagery have been removed, or are in question.
1. On the Alabama statehouse grounds:
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/governor-robert-bentley.htm called for the Confederate battle flag, which stands at the foot of a confederate memorial on statehouse grounds, to be taken down Wednesday morning.
Bentley said the shooting in Charleston last week "partially" led to his decision. "This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down," he told the Birmingham News.
2. On the Mississippi state flag:
Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/roger-wicker.htm called Wednesday morning for the current state flag, which features confederate imagery that includes the "stars and bars," be put in a museum and replaced. " As the descendant of several brave Americans who fought for the Confederacy, I have not viewed Mississippi's current state flag as offensive. However, it is clearer and clearer to me that many of my fellow citizens feel differently and that our state flag increasingly portrays a false impression of our state to others," Wicker said.
3. In the halls of the Kentucky statehouse:
Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr called Wednesday for the removal of a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, from the state Capitol building. That follows a suggestion by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/mitch-mcconnell.htm to consider moving the statute to a museum, although McConnell said his suggestion was because Davis' Kentucky roots were tenuous - he was born there but raised in Mississippi.
4. On the UNLV sports field:
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/harry-reid.htm has fielded questions about whether "Hey Reb," the mascot for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, should be changed because he is rooted in Confederate imagery. The mascot was originally a wolf named Beauregard, who wore a confederate uniform, but he was sacked in the 1970s after a group of black athletes expressed displeasure at being represented by a mascot with a Confederate connection. "Hey Reb" became the new mascot in 1983. Reid said Tuesday that the school's board of regents should look at the issue, but a
spokesperson said later Reid wasn't endorsing a change.
5. On license plates in Georgia and Virginia:
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/gov-nathan-deal.htm announced Tuesday he would seek a redesign of a state-issued license plate that features an image of the Confederate battle flag designed by the state's Sons of Confederate Veterans http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/sons-of-confederate-veterans.htm branch. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/terry-mcauliffe.htm said he plans to phase out a similar license plate in his state.
Charlestown shooting victims remembered: http://abcnews.go.com/US/charleston-shooting-victims-remembered-funerals-begin/story?id=31995137
Leaders content to leave Confederate statues in US Capitol despite flag uproar: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/leaders-content-leave-confederate-statues-us-capitol-flag/story?id=31980551