FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The following statement can be attributed to ACLU-KY Executive Director Michael Aldridge regarding Kentucky State Police Training materials:
“The training materials from Kentucky State Police urging cadets to be ‘ruthless killers’ and including quotes from Adolf Hitler are repugnant and completely unacceptable. Any cadet who trained with the KSP while these materials were used should be retrained immediately, and the agency should take proactive measures to ensure this type of material is never used when training law enforcement officers. As the nation grapples with systemic racism and distrust of law enforcement grows, transparency and community-centric training practices are as important as ever. Training should be focused on de-escalation and conflict resolution, not use of force.
We applaud the hard work of the student journalists at DuPont Manual High School who first reported this story. We call on Kentucky State Police to conduct an immediate, transparent review of training materials to make certain nothing like these appalling training documents are ever used again."
View the story from Manual Redeye and referenced KSP training materials here.