January 18, 2017
Based on the agreement for the transfer of personnel between the BPD and the Anne Arundel County Police Department, it is obvious that Commissioner Kevin Davis feels that a media specialist, with ni responsibility for fighting crime, is more important than two seasoned crime fighting Detectives. We are outraged. This is clearly another example of failed leadership and mismanagement of the Baltimore Police Department by Commissioner Davis.
Lt. Gene Ryan
January 12, 2017
Despite continued assurances by representatives of the Department of Justice that our organization would be included in the Consent Decree negotiations, no request to participate was ever forthcoming and we were not involved in the process. As we were not afforded an advance copy of the agreement, neither our rank and file members who will be the most affected, nor our Attorneys, have had a chance to read the final product and, as such, we will not have a comment now. Be assured, however, that a response will be forthcoming at the appropriate time.
November 30, 2016
In the early stages of the original discussion regarding the implementation of a Body Worn Camera program for the Baltimore Police Department, I represented our union as a member of
the Mayors advisory task force. I stated, at that time, that the use of these cameras would prove to be an asset to our profession and the footage released today clearly supports our position.
Obviously, none of us wishes to engage in a situation as was recorded by this camera; however,
these circumstances are a reality of the job that we perform daily. These highly qualified
Officers performed in accordance with their training and within the boundaries of the law. On
any given day, Police Officers are forced to make split second, life or death decisions and this footage makes that very clear.
We support Officers Jones and Brown and commend them on their actions as they did what was
necessary to protect the lives of many others, as well as their own.
Lt. Gene Ryan
Baltimore City Lodge #3 Presents our 2016 Holiday Open House and 50th Anniversary Celebration on Friday December 16, 11 AM – 6 PM! We will be serving Oysters On-the_Half_Shell, Pit Beef, Pit Ham, Pit Turkey, Hot and Cold Buffet, and Assorted Desserts!
OPEN BAR IN THE HALL!!!
The first 1000 FOP Lodge #3 Members will get a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Glass!
Please Join Us!!
Lodge #3 is, once again, very proud to partner with the Baltimore Blast to sponsor 1st Responders Night. This season’s event will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 as the Blast take on the Harrisburg Heat at 7:05PM. Information can be found on the attached flyer, including how to obtain free tickets. There will also be a half-time game between the BPD and the BCFD which is always great fun. If you are interested in participating on our team, please contact Lisa Riha (email@example.com).
Blast Game 2017 Details
As President of Baltimore City FOP Lodge #3, I would like to respond to one of the reforms proposed, yesterday, by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby concerning the elimination of bench trials in the State of Maryland.
Mrs. Mosby takes the position that a criminal defendant, police or citizen, should not
have the right to request a bench trial to determine their guilt or innocence, when criminal charges are placed against them. Mrs. Mosby points to the inability to convict any officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Every Judge in the State of Maryland, and particularly those Judges assigned to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, should be offended at this position because what Mrs. Mosby is saying is that she does not believe that Judges who hear cases, non-jury, would do so in a fair and impartial manner nor can they render a verdict solely based on the evidence presented.
What Mrs. Mosby is doing is questioning the integrity of every Judge in the State of
Maryland particularly those Judges in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. It should be noted that before anyone can become a Judge in the State of Maryland, they must be recommended for the position by a judicial nominating commission comprised of attorneys and citizens which determine their qualifications to sit on the bench. The Governor in the State of Maryland appoints all Judges and every Circuit Judge must be confirmed by the voters of the jurisdiction in which they preside.
Mrs. Mosby’s position makes a mockery of the judicial selection process. In the view of the Fraternal Order of Police, Judge Barry Williams rendered a verdict of not guilty in the cases he adjudicated concerning the death of Freddie Gray consistent with the law and in accordance with his oath of office requiring that his decision be fair and impartial based solely on the evidence.
I would like to extend my thanks to Senator James Brochin of Baltimore County for his immediate public statement and for expressing his opposition to any attempt to legislate the right of any criminal defendant who elects to be tried by a Judge within the State of Maryland. It is our hope and expectation that the General Assembly will see it the same way.
October 11, 2016
The Honorable Vanita Gupta
Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Main
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Assistant General Gupta,
On behalf of our over 4500 Police Officers, Sergeants, and Lieutenants, active and retired, we are eager to join the discussion to reform the Baltimore Police Department. We are an organization of professional law enforcement personnel and our experience, views, and commitment to a safer city bring much to the conversation that currently surrounds the implementation of the Consent Decree that will dictate the future of not only the Baltimore Police Department but our profession.
The Baltimore Police Department has a very long and storied history. Our members are extremely proud of the badge we wear and have a vested interest in insuring that the future is more successful than the past. We are proud of our many decades of serving the citizens of Baltimore and it is our greatest hope that any reforms generated by the involvement of the Department of Justice will foster an improved relationship with all stakeholders.
In the spirit of a productive reformation, we recently held numerous focus groups in which our active members were encouraged to freely express their own thoughts and ideas for ways in which the BPD can improve its patterns and practices. We emphasized repairing the current climate of dissatisfaction that exists not only within the community but within the agency. Our members are the core of the Baltimore Police Department. We are the men and women who are tasked with the extremely important and highly dangerous job of securing the safety of our citizens. It is our membership who work daily to guarantee that Baltimore City remains a viable place to live and work.
With an eye on the problems outlined in the DOJ’s report, we brought our members together. The following are our suggested reforms to repair the damaged relationship between Police Officers and the community they serve. Those we represent have recognized that the policies and practices put in place by past administrations have led us to this point. Our union as a whole welcomes the Department of Justice and the reforms that they can bring to the Baltimore Police Department to better the agency and Baltimore.
On Tuesday, 3 October 2016, FOP President Gene Ryan and Past President Robert Cherry joined the Police Commissioner and members of his command at a day-long work session hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The purpose of the session was to allow the BPD and Chicago Police Department an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing our police officers as we both work towards a consent decree with the United States. Also in attendance were representative from the NYPD, LAPD and New Orleans Police Department – who shared with the BPD and CPD their insight and crime fighting strategies while working under a consent decree.
The FOP welcomes the opportunity to be engaged in this conversation as we prepare to negotiate our own consent decree and in the coming days, the FOP will be publishing our own recommendations to the Department of Justice to negotiate within the consent decree.
All BPD members planning to run as part of the Baltimore Police Department’s Running Team need to register by Friday, 7 October 2016 at 1600 hours. Bring your check(s) and entry form to the FOP by 1600 hours. Details will only be given to those running the Relay, Half or Full Marathon.
September 30, 2016
This afternoon, the Baltimore Sun published a story written by journalist Kevin Rector in which he detailed a report of the response of the Baltimore City Grand Jury following their experience in the “shoot, don’t shoot” simulator at the Baltimore Police training facility. We congratulate the Grand Jury for their courage to participate in this experience and then to share their honest responses. As stated in the article, “The grand jurors noted the difficult challenges officers face on a daily basis. ‘Police officers are often faced with situations that require split-second decision making, and as we are all aware, any decision could cost a life, erupt civil unrest, damage careers and/or impel jail time,’ the jury wrote.”
On numerous occasions we have suggested that the work of a professional law enforcement officer is extremely difficult and only those who have experienced some of what we deal with, on a daily basis, will be able to properly understand how quickly we must react and what effect that response has on each situation and the officers involved. Obviously, the members of the Grand Jury have now come to understand what we have consistently stated in response to the many who have criticized our work, and we are extremely grateful for their support and encouragement. We also agree with the Jurors when they suggest that our elected officials would be well served to take the opportunity to share this simulated experience.