Bridget Hallahan is a white woman from Louisville, Kentucky, United States. She worked as a Louisville Metro Police Department officer.
Hallahan made headlines after mocking Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters seeking justice for African-American people killed during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic including the late Louisville resident Breonna Taylor. Here are 13 more facts about the former cop:
- She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisville. She was not able to earn her master’s degree from the university prior to her retirement from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
- In 1999, she joined the Jefferson County Police Department, which eventually merged with the Louisville Division of Police to form the Louisville Metro Police Department. She served as a patrol officer and detective in the former David District and the Third Division.
- In April 2008, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Seventh Division. She served as a sergeant in the Professional Standards Unit and the training division.
- In 2009, she graduated from the Academy of Police Supervision at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, Kentucky.
- In 2010, she graduated as a dean’s scholar from the 123rd Administrative Officers Course of Southern Police Institute, a division of the Department of Criminal Justice under the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences.
- In September 2013, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. She served as the late watch commander in the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Third Division.
- In 2015, she transferred to the Crimes Against Children Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Major Crimes Division.
- On August 1, 2017, she was promoted to the rank of major. She commanded the Louisville Metro Police Department’s training division.
- In July 2020, she was appointed as the commander of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Fifth Division.
- In August 2020, she sent an email about Antifa and Black Lives Matter to her colleagues. In the email, she wrote, “These ANTIFA and BLM people, especially the ones who just jumped on the bandwagon ‘yesterday’ because they became ‘woke’ (insert eye roll here), do not deserve a second glance or thought from us. Our little pinky toenails have more character, morals, and ethics, than these punks have in their entire body.”
- On September 22, 2020, Louisville journalist Phillip Bailey took to Twitter to share screenshots of her email to her colleagues, which made the rounds on social media.
- On September 23, 2020, she was relieved of her duties as the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Fifth Division commander. Her email contained her “personal opinions and do not represent” the Louisville Metro Police Department’s views, NBC News quoted the department’s interim chief Robert Schroeder as saying on September 25, 2020.
- She was 47 years old when she retired on October 1, 2020.