Police union dispute Ricky Jones’ appointment to police oversight panel • The Louisville Cardinal – Kentucky News

Police union dispute Ricky Jones’ appointment to police oversight panel • The Louisville Cardinal – Kentucky News

By Kyeland Jackson —

Fraternal Order of Police President David Mutchler opposed considering U of L professor Ricky Jones to a police oversight panel, convincing an appointments committee table Jones’ appointment.

First reported by the Courier Journal, Mutchler said Jones’ voiced anti-police bias, citing Jones’ columns and opinions.

“He (Jones) has some viewpoints and opinions that he’s already formed and publicly spoken about regarding police officers,” Mutchler said. “When there were the tragic shootings in Dallas, some of the things that Mr. Jones said was that he believes the problem is deeper than deficiency in training and stems from long-held biases white officers have against black residents, particularly black men, viewing them as inherently violent and less-than-human.”

The panel reviews police shootings and advise the department on police policy.

Jones, also U of L’s Pan-African Studies Chair, tweeted responses to Mutchler’s comments.

“Apparently, Louisville FOP Prez. David Mutchler dislikes me. I’m honored to be disliked by one such as he. I don’t like him either,” Jones’ tweet said.

“I’m not “anti-police” but I’m definitely ‘anti-injustice.’ Police need to be responsible for wrong just like everyone else! This says a lot about people like Julie Denton and Dave Mutchler. They think I’m “anti-police”; I think they’re racist. So we’re even.”

Jones has been vocal for many U of L controversies, including the removal of the confederate statue, James Ramsey and accreditation worries.

Jones was unavailable for comment at the time of this post.

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