The provisional police chief Robert Schroeder made the announcement on Friday. Schröder also said Hallahan is expected to leave the department on October 1.
According to the Courier Journal, Hallahan’s email read in part: “These ANTIFA and BLM people, especially those who just jumped on the train ‘yesterday’ because they ‘woke up’ (insert eye roll here), don’t deserve a second look or thought by us. “
“Our little little toenails have more character, morals, and ethics than those punks all over their bodies … don’t react to them. When we do, we’re just affirming what they did,” the email continued . “Don̵
CNN was unable to independently verify the content of the email.
Schröder said Friday that the department was aware of Hallahan’s correspondence.
“They were their personal opinions and do not represent the views of this department,” he said.
“Major Hallahan has taken responsibility for her email and is stepping down from the department effective October 1st.”
Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell declined to comment on whether Hallahan’s impending resignation was related to her impeachment.
Hallahan didn’t immediately respond to questions about the email, her loss of command, or her retirement.
Lonita Baker, a lawyer for Breonna Taylor’s family, responded angrily to Hallahan’s comments on Friday.
“I want LMPD majors to say we wash cars out here or check you out at Walmart – no, we aren’t.” Baker said during a press conference in Jefferson Square Park in Louisville. “We’re lawyers. We’re business people. We’re city workers like you.”
“And guess what,” she added, “even if I’ve washed your car, it doesn’t matter, I have the right to use my voice.”
There were protests in Louisville and across the country following the murder of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency room technician and aspiring nurse, who was shot dead in her home during a police operation in March.