LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Questions surround the departure of the Kentucky State Police commissioner just days after racially-charged training materials became public.
WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters broke the news of Rodney Brewer’s resignation Monday evening.
The training materials used by cadets prior to 2013, before they were removed, pushed the recruits to be “ruthless killers,” the duPont Manual High School newspaper Manual RedEye reported.
The student publication revealed a photo slideshow that quoted Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, encouraging cadets to use violence while on the force.
During his daily COVID-19 briefing Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear addressed the offensiveness of the material and how racism should never be tolerated.
There is now an internal review of all training materials, a spokesperson for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet confirmed to WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters.
During Monday’s briefing, Beshear did not mention Brewer’s resignation. The briefing was before WAVE 3 News obtained a copy of a letter confirming the change in leadership.
Beshear had appointed Brewer commissioner years after Brewer had served in the same role under Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear.
Some who served KSP for several years said the material was offensive and hurtful.
“I was saddened and disappointed,” former KSP Deputy Commissioner Alex Payne told WAVE 3 News.
He said the KSP Training Academy is a place where the future of the agency should be nurtured.
“It all goes back to having good people in the right places,” Payne said. “The academy is like raising children. The best trainers involve people with good hearts, who are good human beings and who take good values and ethics and instill that into these young troopers. They have to check the 'good person box’ first, not sully it with any of the garbage that came out of this incident.”
Payne also said he was saddened for the troopers and the agency he admires.