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Former KY Police ‘Warrior’ Training Quoted Hitler

A slide show formerly shown to cadets training to join the Kentucky State Police includes quotations attributed to Adolf Hitler and Robert E. Lee, says troopers should be warriors who “always fight to the death” and encourages each trooper to be a “ruthless killer.” The slide show, which came to light in a report from a high school newspaper, brought harsh condemnation from politicians, Jewish groups and others, the New York Times reports. Morgan Hall of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, which oversees the State Police, said the slide show was “removed” in 2013 but declined to answer queries about how long it was used and how many cadets had seen it. Hall said it was “unacceptable” that such material had ever been included in law enforcement training. “Our administration does not condone the use of this material,” she said.

The quotations attributed to Hitler and Lee were included among 33 slides that were shown to cadets as part of a slide show entitled “The Warrior Mindset.” “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence,” reads one quotation attributed to Hitler, who is quoted more than anyone in the training document. The training emphasized that troopers must be ready to employ violence in order to do their jobs properly. The lesson appears to be in line with “warrior training,” a controversial practice that often begins during basic training in academies and is modeled on military boot camp, which many police departments embrace. Many police academies have long emphasized a warrior mentality, with officers trained for conflict and equipped with the weapons of modern warfare. The slide show was obtained by a lawyer suing a state trooper who shot and killed Bradley Grant, 37, in 2018.