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Kentucky newspaper quotes sheriff as saying police 'have a desire to shoot minorities,' retracts it

The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, has retracted a story that contained a "major error," according to the paper.

The article quoted Hardin County Sheriff John Ward as saying that most people become police officers "because they have a desire to shoot minorities."

Ward told Kentucky's WLKY that he didn't make that statement and that an employee at the paper "changed the words as a prank."

The paper has since apologized, saying the statement "is not in any way reflective of Sheriff Ward, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office or other law enforcement in our community."