The DOJ just released a rather critical report on the Baltimore Police Department.
Essentially, the report says there are some serious problems with patterns and practices in Baltimore and that changes should be made to avoid more controversies surrounding rough rides and the like.
Needless to say, this is when you hope your local police union leadership is on the ball and ready with some counter-messaging.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan is not taking the DOJ reprt lying down.
“As a proud member of the Baltimore Police Department for over 33 years, and having spent my entire career on the street, and now as president of the Baltimore City FOP Lodge 3, I will not allow the Department of Justice to lay blame on the shoulders of the dedicated men and women of the Baltimore Police Department,” Ryan said in a statement.
It’s a three-step process. There’s a national controversy, the subsequent DOJ or blue ribbon panel “report” and then the standard “you don’t know what you’re talking about,” response.
Lather, rinse, repeat.