A high school newspaper in Kentucky, The Manual RedEye, exclusively obtained information exposing that Kentucky State Police quoted Adolf Hitler in training slideshows
According to the RedEye, the slides urge recruits to “meet violence with greater violence” and quote Hitler three times.
State governor Andy Beshear described the training slides as “unacceptable.”
Across the US, police forces have faced accusations of systemic racism, following a series of killings of Black men by white police officers.
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In Kentucky, a high school newspaper obtained slides exposing how the state police force used Adolf Hitler quotes in their training sessions for recruits.
Students working on the Manual RedEye, the newspaper for Louisville’s duPont Manual High School, published exclusive slides a local attorney obtained through a public records request and shared with the publication on Friday.
In the slides, reported the RedEye, recruits are told to “meet violence with greater violence” and be a “ruthless killer” with “a mindset void of emotion.”
One slide then goes on to quote Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic manifesto: “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”
The slideshow reportedly quotes Hitler twice more and concludes with the German motto “Über Alles,” meaning “above all” or “above everything,” associated with far-right nationalism in Germany. It was removed from the German national anthem after the defeat of the Nazis in World War II.
It also reportedly quotes Confederate general Robert E Lee, leader of the slavery defending states in the US Civil War.
Lieutenant Joshua Lawson, a spokesperson for the KSP, defended the material’s use in a statement to the newspaper.
“The presentation touches on several aspects of service, selflessness, and moral guidance,” wrote Lawson.
State governor Andy Beshar in a statement to USA Today described the manual as “unacceptable.”
“It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media. We will collect all the facts and take immediate corrective action.”
The expose comes amid criticism of police forces throughout the US in the wake of a series of Black men’s killings by white police officers. The killings have led to widespread protests against police racism and the excessive use of violence by police.
In response to the protests, police have used, periodically, indiscriminate and violent tactics.
In September, two Lousiville police officers were shot and injured in protests that erupted after the decision not to charge any officers with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Officers killed the Black ambulance technician in her home during a botched police raid.
A report by former FBI special agent Michael Berman in August found that that white supremacist organizations had infiltrated police forces across the US.
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