- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The president of the Louisville police union sparked a firestorm when he issued an open letter calling unspecified activists “sensationalists, liars and race-baiters.”

Dave Mutchler, the president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police and a sergeant in the Louisville Metro Police Department, distributed the two-page letter six days after a police officer shot and killed 35-year-old Deng Manyuon, a Sudanese refugee who attacked him with a flagpole.

Until Mutchler’s letter, public dissent over the shooting had been quiet. There were no hostile demonstrations. Small groups held vigils and questioned the shooting on social media.

But activists on Friday called for his resignation. Dr. Lorie Fridell, an expert on community and police relations, criticized the letter as serving widen the gap between residents and police.

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