A commander in the Louisville Metro Police Department was relieved of her duties after she sent a derogatory email about antifa and Black Lives Matter to her colleagues.
The email that was made public by a Louisville journalist was sent by Maj. Bridget Hallahan, reportedly in August, as protests continued over the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Interim Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder addressed the email during Friday's briefing on protests in the wake of the decision in the attorney general's criminal investigation. None of the officers were charged in the actual killing of Taylor during the March raid at her Louisville apartment.
Screenshots of Hallahan's email made the rounds on social media Tuesday, a day before Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement.
"I know it is hard to keep our thoughts and opinions to ourselves sometimes, especially when we, as a whole or as an individual, become the target of people in the public who criticize what we do without even knowing the facts," Hallahan wrote.
Hallahan's email was mainly critical of antifa and members of the Black Lives Matter movement whom she said have "jumped on the bandwagon."
Daily protests in the wake of Taylor's shooting have gone on for 120 days. Much of the demonstrations have centered downtown in the city's Jefferson Square Park.
Hallahan's email then turns derogatory, telling her fellow officers that they have more character and moral in their "little pinky toe nails" than "these punks have in their entire body."
Schroeder said he and the department were made aware of the email, saying the administration was still reviewing them. He said Hallahan acknowledged the email, calling it her own personal opinions that "do not represent the views of this department."
"They will be the ones washing our cars, cashing us out at the Walmart, or living in their parents' basement playing (Call of Duty) for their entire life," Hallahan said in her email.
Schroeder said that Hallahan was relieved of her commands at the Fifth Division, which includes the Highlands and surrounding neighborhoods.
Hallahan took responsibility for sending the email and will retire at the end of the month, Schroeder said during his Friday briefing.
Her email comes as the LMPD faces continued criticism from the public and Metro Council officials about their response to ongoing protests in Louisville.
Community activists and organizations have called on Metro Government and LMPD officials to enact a series of reforms in the wake of the Taylor shooting.
When it comes to the attorney general's investigation, the two other officers involved -- Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove -- were cleared of any wrongdoing and were found justified in the shooting at Taylor's apartment.
Former officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment, but those charges stem from him opening fire and the shots going into a neighboring apartment.