During a Monday press conference, a Kentucky sheriff blasted the media’s coverage of recent police-involved shootings and even expressed relief that a 25-year-old man shot by one of his deputies on Sunday was “white.”

Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly first told reporters that the officers involved in the incident are “good men” who have no history of prior disciplinary problems.

When a reporter asked him if he was concerned about backlash from the community following the shooting of 25-year-old John Kennedy Fenwick, the sheriff revealed that he was glad to hear he was a white man. Fenwick is reportedly still in critical condition at a hospital in Louisville.

“We are glad that he is white, and we shouldn’t have to be worried about that. We do not want any backlash or violence in this community because people have been misinformed,” he said. “I think that the public needs to know how the criminal justice system works and what officers are able to do. And the media has not done a very good job of informing the public.”


Watch the video from Mattingly’s joint press conference with the Bardstown Police Department (Relevant remarks begin at 12:25):



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