LOUISVILLE, KY – “I would never tell anyone when and where to protest, but I think for that voice to be heard it just needs to be directed at the voice that needs to hear it.” These are the words of Tracy Dotson president of the Louisville Corrections Lodge #77 Fraternal Order of Police union. The FOP president is welcoming protesters of the newly released body cam footage from April of a Louisville Metro Corrections officer punching an inmate.
“First thing through my mind is probably the first thing through everyone’s mind who sees it,” said Tracy Dotson, president of the Louisville Corrections Lodge #77 Fraternal Order of Police union. “There’s a serious problem there.”
The revealing video is disgusting at the least and is indicative of the iron grip that corrections officers rule with behind closed doors. These prisons have little to no oversight and an unsurprising amount of violence is and exploitation is exacted against society’s lost and forgotten. Even to Dotson, head of the local police union, the actions displayed in the video are unquestionably egregious.
The recently released footage shows inmate Terry Whitehead being punched in the face by a corrections officer while handcuffed. According to reports, Whitehead received permission to cover his cell window with toilet paper for privacy to use the restroom. The sadistic officer usurped that permission and unjustly handled the Whitehead during the encounter. A lawsuit filed on behalf of Whitehead states the recording didn’t capture other punches from two of the officers present, even though both deny it. Those corrupted taskmasters were summarily fired in April days after it happened and video surfaced.
Now a protest is brewing and according to representative for the Whitehead family, from Louisville to Dallas, many are wondering why the officers have not been charged in the vicious assault. Dotson understands the protests and welcomes it however he has one condition. He wants the impending demonstrations to be directed towards prosecutors and not the corrections department. Dotson claims that the department has taken swift and decisive action against the individuals involved and the scope of filing charges fall under the prosecution.
Saturday, Mayor Greg Fischer added his voice to those who’ve denounced the incident.
“The disturbing and totally unacceptable actions of these two probationary officers do not reflect the values of Louisville Metro Government, nor our Metro Corrections team,” his statement said in part.