A Kentucky sheriff speaking on the record went public this week with a statement that showed how far this country has gone into racial confusion.
He told a news conference he was glad a man his deputies shot was white, according to a local ABC affiliate.
The startling statement came when the Bardstown, Ky., police chief, a representative from the Kentucky State Police and Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingl held a joint press conference Monday to discuss the shooting of suspect John Kennedy Fenwick, 25, the day before.
At about 12 minutes into the briefing, the sheriff was asked whether he was concerned about community backlash, given the spate of recent demonstrations following other officer-involved shootings around the country.
“We are glad that he is white, and we shouldn’t have to be worried about that. We do not want any backlash or violence in this community because people have been misinformed,” he said. “I think that the public needs to know how the criminal justice system works and what officers are able to do. And the media has not done a very good job of informing the public.”
Fenwick was in critical condition at a Louisville hospital, ABC reported.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said a K9 police officer, who was identified as Kyler Wright, was pursuing Fennwick who was driving a red pick-up when the suspect threw the truck in reverse, backing into Wright’s vehicle. McCubbin said Wright did fire his weapon several times. Wright’s vehicle was then no longer able to pursue Fennwick.
McCubbin said Fennwick then drove off and encountered the first of two Nelson County sheriff’s deputies, who were identified as Deputy Bryan Voils and Sgt. Jason Allison. Fennwick struck Allison’s vehicle at a high rate of speed and the deputy’s vehicle burst into flames. McCubbin said Fennwick then fled this scene and encountered the second Nelson County sheriff’s deputy. He said Voils was able to stop Fennwick’s vehicle and attempted to get him out of the vehicle at gunpoint. McCubbin said a struggle ensued and Fennwick tried to disarm the deputy and that is when Voils fired his weapon.