Diop Kamau, founder and director of Policeabuse.com., which is assisting Ellis' efforts to seek justice, condemned White's refusal to investigate Woolridge's alleged misconduct.
"Chief White had nine months to punish, fine, suspend or fire Woolridge, but chose not to," said Kamau, who did not limit his criticism to the then chief executive.
"The superior officer was obligated to either sign off on the police report Woolridge
should have submitted, or, absent a report, indicated his objection to the subordinate's failure or refusal to have written one," Kamau
continued, "so he is as responsible for the obvious misconduct as is Woolridge
In addition, Kamau
said, "I don't believe that forcing rape victims to file misconduct complaints in person is the Louisville Police Department's policy now, or that such was the policy in 2009.
To demand that rape victims file misconduct complaints in person, Kamau
added, "is unconscionable."
Ultimately, Kamau said, "Chief White should have been sanctioned for condoning the refusal to act, he was responsible for what began as Woolridge's determination to do nothing and became a cover-up."
Moreover, Kamau explained, "Chief White didn't need a complaint to conduct his own investigation; the department had more than enough evidence to open one."
The chief's failure was not only "deliberate," Kamau
charged, "it also bought Woolridge
plenty of time to retire, with his pension secure for the future."
scoffed at the apology Ellis received from Chief White's successor, Steven Conrad.
Ellis, like Kamau
, was unimpressed with Chief Conrad's apology.