In an August 31 letter to Prospect, Kentucky Mayor John Evans, O'Connell expressed his "serious concern" about "highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages" that Shaw - who at the time was acting chief for the city of Prospect, a suburban city in the Louisville metropolitan area -had sent to the recruit.
A former assistant police chief in Kentucky advised a recruit to "shoot" black youths smoking marijuana and to have sex with their mothers if he finds them attractive. "...if dad is hot then handcuff him and make him s**k my d**k..."
"As Jefferson County Attorney, I feel compelled to notify and warn you of Shaw's deeply offensive and racist statements", O'Connell wrote to in his letter to Prospect Mayor John Evans according to ABC News. According to WDRB, the department suspended Shaw while they conducted an investigation into the messages. Unless daddy is black.
Mudd said the charges were dropped against Shaw in that case because investigators found that he 'did nothing wrong'.
"F- the right thing", Shaw wrote, according to newly-unsealed court records.
The messages were uncovered during a separate probe into allegations of sex abuse in a Louisville police mentoring program, which was suspended by Police Chief Steve Conrad previous year over allegations that officers were sexually abusing the members in the program. Shaw's messages, which were sent to the recruit between September and October of 2016, were made public this week.
And he said the private messages were a response to police being "demonized and demoralized". O'Connell contacted the mayor of Prospect, a small town outside of Louisville, informing him of Shaw's racism.
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Of Martin Luther King Jr., Shaw said the civil rights leader was "nothing but a raciast (sic) womanizer ... but because someone shot him, I get a day off with pay each year so I will take it".
"There is no place in police departments for men or women who hold such strongly held prejudices, including recommending shooting people simply due to their race", O'Connell said in his letter.
After receiving the letter from Jefferson County prosecutors, Shaw was "immediately" placed on paid suspension. Before his resignation in November, Shaw had spent more than 20 years on the police force.
Evans said the messages were not sent on city computers or over city telephones and the messages were found to be "abhorrent, disgusting, and reprehensible".
Shaw has not been charged with any crime as a result of the records.
The news that a Louisville-area cop sent messages to a recruit urging him to shoot black people went public Friday, and the story struck a nerve across the country.
Shaw started working for the department in 2012.