LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Some members of Louisville’s Jewish community are expressing concern about a recent security hire.
Corey Buckman said she drafted a letter and sent it to Jewish Community Leaders of Louisville (JCL) several weeks ago regarding the announcement that Joshua Judah would be hired as regional counselor for the security.
“I have serious concerns about their choice in him in particular. Especially given the trauma our community has gone through,” Buckman told WDRB News on Wednesday.
Buckman said several others supported the letter.
“We are really concerned about his history with the LMPD, especially with the protests in the summer of 2020,” she said.
Judah just retired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in August after working for the department for more than two decades. He is named in a wrongful death lawsuit related to the death of David McAtee. McAtee was shot and killed during the first weekend of unrest in Louisville following the death of Breonna Taylor. Officials said members of the Kentucky National Guard fired the shots that struck and killed McAtee.
After asking to hear from the JCL on Wednesday, President and CEO Sara Wagner released a statement saying:
“As the Jewish community faces increasing threats from anti-Semitic extremists, it is imperative that we are prepared in Louisville with a comprehensive security program. We hear the concerns of the community and ask for your patience in this delicate matter.”
Buckman said the JCL responded to his letter, explaining the history of Secure Community Network (SCN), which is a safety and security organization.
But Buckman said she had more questions about transparency, the hiring process and what exactly the role entails. She said she had spoken with Judah personally.
“Two weeks ago I had lunch with him and someone else who helped organize the lunch and we talked for an hour and a half. I think it was a very good discussion. I’m grateful of the time I spent with him. And my worries remain,” Buckman said.
She said she and others were meeting with members of JCL management on Friday for further discussions.
WDRB News tried to contact Judah, but a number for him no longer worked.
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