A Louisville Police Department commander unapologetically defended a white officer accused of racially profiling an HBCU president, as he vowed to continue aggressively policing the Black community.
First Division Maj. Eric Johnson made it clear that the Rev. Kevin Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky, “isn’t immune from traffic violations” in a sharply worded email to a local lawmaker who alleged racial profiling, the Courier Journal reported on Tuesday.
“The stop of Rev. Cosby is an example of the exact action I’ve asked my officers to take in these neighborhoods. …While being stopped by the police may not be a pleasant experience and may cause some people anxiety, it doesn’t mean the police were wrong,” Johnson, who’s white, stated in the email that the newspaper obtained.
An officer stopped Cosby and his wife on Sept. 15. He claimed that it was a legitimate traffic stop, but Cosby disagreed. The officer questioned the couple, checked the minister’s driver’s license and let them leave without writing a ticket.
Cosby’s daughter, Christine Cosby-Gaither, posted a video of the stop on Facebook. It ignited widespread racial profiling allegations against the officer.
In his email, Johnson claimed that aggressive policing has resulted in sharp crime reductions. He pointed to significant decline in homicides and non-fatal shootings as evidence.
But Black folks in the community are pushing back.
Rev. David Snardon, pastor of Joshua Tabernacle and president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition, called Cosby’s stop “silly” and pointed to the bigger issue of racially biased policing. He also rejected Johnson’s claim that aggressive policing led to crime reductions, instead crediting the mayor’s crime prevention initiatives for the decline.
Meanwhile, an internal investigation into Cosby’s stop is underway, ordered by Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad. Investigators have so far declined to identify the officer or release video footage of the incident.
Assisted Living For Old Felons: Photos From Bill Cosby's New Prison Homes
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.@CorrectionsPA says Bill Cosby will stay at SCI Phoenix in Skippack, Montgomery County to serve his 3-10 year prison sentence. DOC says “He is being housed in a single cell in a unit adjacent to the infirmary.” @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/8LZlOZ75Db— Jim Melwert (@JMelwert) September 26, 2018
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“Our quest to create a humane space where we can bring about positive change and keep communities safe.” - Rev. Ulli Klemm. SCI Phoenix dedication. pic.twitter.com/CiGrwDFHGz— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) June 2, 2018
3. Cosby's prison mates at SCI Phoenix
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The move from Graterford to Phoenix has resumed. Here's a picture from 7/14/18. Inmates moving into the west side of the facility - SCI Phoenix has East & West sides separated by centrally-shared areas - food services, work, education, treatment, etc. pic.twitter.com/saM9QwmCH5— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) July 15, 2018
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This is where Bill Cosby is going to prison Bill Cosby will serve three to 10 years for sexual assault at SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania. Here's a look inside the maximum-security prison. https://t.co/E2A5xn3ezF #Video #USRC pic.twitter.com/zLrHvTHwkC— Top U.S. & World News🗽 (@USRealityCheck) September 26, 2018
7. SCI Phoenix Prison
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Good morning from SCI Phoenix, the state prison in eastern Pennsylvania where inmate William Henry Cosby spent the night.— Aaron Franco (@AFrancoTX) September 26, 2018
Prison officials tell us he got a jumpsuit, blanket, sheets and a hygiene kit just like every other inmate. #CosbySentencing pic.twitter.com/qXA0qzTq3Y
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I’m at SCI Phoenix where Bill Cosby is spending his first night as a convicted sex-offender. Prison staff tell me he’s finishing up his dinner of baked meatballs with rice, whipped potatoes, green beans and gravy. #CosbySentencing #cosbysentence #Cosby @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/uVkkLqMXHm— Denise Nakano (@NakanoDenise) September 26, 2018
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16. Wheelchair Bound Prisoner Gazing Across SCI Laurel Highlands Prison YardSource:Getty 16 of 20
17. Older Prisoner in Hospital Room at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 17 of 20
18. Older Prisoners in Wheelchairs at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 18 of 20
19. SCI Laurel Highlands Prison
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Informative tour at Laurel Highlands SCI today with Judiciary Committee pic.twitter.com/4HbzFVZp36— Sheryl M. Delozier (@RepDelozier) August 10, 2016
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