Kentucky state police comes under fire for training a slide show with a Hitler quote stating that ‘regular use of force’ is ‘essential to success’
- The quote was included in a slide show for the Kentucky State Police training session titled “ The Warrior Mindset. ”
- KSP spokesperson admits he ‘doesn’t know’ how many times the slideshow has been used, but says it hasn’t been shown since 2013
- Slideshow was condemned by Governor Andy Beshear who ‘promised immediate corrective action’
- Police departments across the country have come under fire for explicit and implicit racial bias following George Floyd’s death in May
Kentucky state police have come under fire after it was revealed that they included a quote from Adolf Hitler in one of their training slideshows.
According to an investigation by Manual red-eye, the quote was included in a presentation called ‘The Warrior Mindset’ shown to new recruits prior to 2014.
The quote is from Hitler’s 1925 anti-Semitic political manifesto Mein Kampf, stating, “The very first essential condition for success is the continued and regular use of violence.”
It was included in a slide titled ‘Violence of Action’ which also begs officers to be ‘the loving father, husband and friend, as well as the ruthless murderer’.
The Kentucky State Police has come under fire after it was revealed they included a quote from Adolf Hitler in one of their training slideshows. The slideshow has not been used since 2013
According to a Manual Red Eye study, the quote was included in a presentation called “ The Warrior Mindset, ” shown to new recruits before 2014.
The 33-page slideshow also features quotes from a number of other well-known historical figures, including Southern General Robert Lee.
Quotes from The Bible and fictional characters, such as Batman, also appear.
The quote is from Hitler’s 1925 anti-Semitic political manifesto, Mein Kampf, and states: ‘The very first thing that is essential to success is the constant, constant and regular use of force’
The disturbing recording of Hitler’s quote was discovered by a local attorney who requested that the Kentucky State Police (KSP) hand over material used to train a detective involved in a police shooting.
KSP spokesperson Joshua Lawson told Manual Red Eye that he “didn’t know” how often the slideshow was used.
Morgan Hall, the communications director for the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet, says the slideshow has not been shown to agents for at least seven years.
She said in a statement: ‘It is unacceptable that this material was ever included in law enforcement training. Our administration does not approve the use of this material.
‘The material is currently not part of training material and was removed in 2013.’
As of 2017, the Kentucky State Police employed 866 troopers stationed at 16 different posts across the state
Kentucky Governer Andy Beshear denounced the Friday slideshow, saying, “This is absolutely unacceptable. It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media. We will collect all the facts and take corrective action immediately. ‘
Congressman John Yarmuth, who represents Kentucky’s 3rd District, responded on Twitter: “I’m angry. As a Kentuckian, I am angry and ashamed. And as a Jewish American, I am genuinely concerned that there are such people who are not only walking among us, but who are entrusted with protecting us. There must be consequences. ‘
He added: ‘And don’t give us the excuse’ it’s some bad apples’. This is a toxic culture that has harassed and murdered too many innocent people, and we refuse to stand for it any longer. ‘
The revelation about the citation is now coming under fire from police departments across the country over explicit and implicit racial bias following George Floyd’s death in May.
Critics have also accused the police of also employing unnecessarily aggressive tactics and unnecessarily resorting to violence – making the KSPs slide over being a ‘ruthless killer’ all the more troubling.
As of 2017, the Kentucky State Police employed 866 troopers stationed at 16 different posts across the state.
Kentucky Governer Andy Beshear denounced Friday’s slideshow, saying in a statement, ‘This is absolutely unacceptable’