FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Police Union Blasts Baltimore PD Brass in Scathing Report on Riot Response

July 09, 2015  | 

Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, discusses the union's after-action report on the Freddie Gray riot. (Photo: Baltimore Sun video screen shot)
Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, discusses the union's after-action report on the Freddie Gray riot. (Photo: Baltimore Sun video screen shot)

The rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray was "preventable," but the police response was hindered by a leadership that was concerned with image over safety, the city police union charged in a report released Wednesday.

The union's "after action review" compiles accounts from officers to make the case that commanders' orders to avoid engaging the youths who were concentrated around Mondawmin Mall on the afternoon of April 27 emboldened people to riot, allowing the unrest to spiral out of control and spread across the city.

The union said commanders did not want police to be perceived as aggressors, but the result was officers doing nothing in the face of lawlessness.

Officers described being hit with chunks of concrete, sheltering inside businesses and buying their own protective equipment, reports the Baltimore Sun.

"I had never in my 14-year career been as afraid as I was at that moment," one said.

"Decisions implemented by top commanders of the Police Department left officers in harm's way," Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said at a news conference. "Equally as important, the lack of preparation put the very citizens we are sworn to protect in harm's way as well."

Shortly after release of the report, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired.

Read Full Report


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Arizona Officers Come to Aid of Hurricane Evacuees
Last weekend officers of the Avondale (AZ) Police Department came to the assistance of a...
Governor Thanks Florida First Responders with Free Fishing Licenses
Starting Thursday, Florida's law enforcement officers and first responders will be able to...
New Policy Restricts Las Vegas Officers’ Use of Neck Restraints
Las Vegas Metro Police announced today they are further limiting the use of a neck...
Video: TX Officer Awarded Badge of Bravery for Stopping Active Shooter in Austin Hotel
An Austin police officer who helped stop a shooter at a downtown Austin hotel in 2015 is...
Suspended John Jay Professor Has Long History of Cop-Hating Tweets
Suspended John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Michael Isaacson’s tweet about...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine