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'Absolutely and totally unacceptable': Beshear addresses controversial KSP training presentation

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Posted at 9:51 PM, Nov 02, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer will resign amid controversy over state police training materials that referenced Nazi Germany and included quotes from Adolf Hitler.

In his Monday news conference, Gov. Andy Beshear called the presentation "absolutely and totally unacceptable."

Beshear added that even though the controversial material appears to have only been taught one time to one class six years ago, a thorough investigation of all KSP training material over the years will be conducted.

"There is no rationale or reason that is ever OK," Beshear said of the KSP presentation.

The governor also apologized to Kentucky's Jewish community.

"We're not going to rest until we fix this, so we are going to continue to work to rectify, again, something that is absolutely wrong and unacceptable," Beshear said.

Brewer was assigned to the KSP commissioner post by Beshear back in January.

Before being appointed to his current post, Brewer had previously headed the agency from December 2007 through February 2016. He had retired after 33 years of service and was recently reappointed as the KSP Commissioner on January 3.

Brewer's resignation will be effective on Wednesday afternoon.

In the interim, Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Burnett will be acting commissioner as KSP finds a permanent replacement.