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Baltimore FOP: Officers More Afraid of Going to Jail Than Getting Shot

May 29, 2015  | 

The president of the Baltimore police union on Thursday said that criminals have become "empowered" following the recent unrest and that, with six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death, city police are more "afraid" of being arrested than shot on duty, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Gray, 25, died a week after suffering a severed spinal cord and other injuries in police custody. His death led to more than a week of protests and later rioting, that prompted a citywide curfew and the deployment of the National Guard.

"The criminals are taking advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest," said Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3. "Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty."

The union released the statement on Twitter a day after the officers charged in Gray's death filed a motion to have the trial moved out of Baltimore. Police commissioner Anthony W. Batts apologized to the union Monday night for putting officers in harm's way.

Ryan said Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who charged the six officers, had "essentially overturned" Illinois v. Wardlow, a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In that case, it was ruled that two Chicago police officers who chased a man in a known drug area and found a handgun in his bag did not violate the fourth amendment.

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kevCopAz @ 5/30/2015 10:59 AM

Well, 2 things, 1) Mosby should be charged with false prosecution, she is an attorney and should KNOW the Law and that under the Supreme court the stop was LEGAL. Where is the DOJ going after her for falsely accusing the officers who stopped Gray? and Lying to a Grand Jury saying that the knife stop was illegal(wrong) and the knife was NOT illegal (wrong under city code). Where is the "justice" for those officers who are false accused and their reputation ruined? now #2) The people of Baltimore asked, no demanded, that the cops stop harassing them, so now that the cops stopped aggressive police work, all hell is breaking loose and the community is complaining about that! I say, you get what you ask for and deserve what you get. Yes there are innocent people caught in the middle, but where were they, where were their voices defending the PD?? What about the innocent cops who are put in the middle now? Even if the cops arrested did violate the law, why blame all cops?

Sherry @ 5/31/2015 2:00 PM

The PEOPLE will not put up with it anymore.

Tom @ 6/1/2015 6:34 AM

Welcome to the backlash. It all started with Ferguson, and I am sure it will only get worse ast he summer gets warmed up. For 35 + years I have always encouraged young people who wanted to go into law enforcement. I don't any more.

S.S. @ 6/1/2015 8:06 AM

To the Police of Baltimore, may God be with you. We feel your struggle. I dont know how I would feel, but that joke of a D.A. that you have Mosby is nothing but a media "whore", she seems more interested in being in front of a camera than anything. You all do what you have to do in order to survive, so that all of you may go home to your families.

LT @ 6/1/2015 11:51 AM

kevCopAz you hit the nail on the head. It seems to me that once people get what they want they don't want it anymore. But of course, just like our mothers told us when we were children not to touch the stove because it was hot, we had to try it anyway and see for ourselves. Once we got burned we learned a very valuable lesson and didn't touch the stove anymore. Maybe now that the loud mouth residents of Baltimore have been burned they will take what they have learned from this lesson and apply it to their lives. This nation needs police officers to defend and protect the innocent. Hopefully now you see what happens when there are none.

Concerned Dad @ 7/4/2015 9:01 AM

If the cops really feel this way then they need to find other work. If you are doing your job correctly, then you have nothing to be afraid of. Let the courts sort this out - that is what they are their for.

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