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Baltimore Police Commissioner Slams FOP for Tweets Celebrating Officer Goodson’s Acquittal

June 27, 2016  | 

Tweets from the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Twitter account Saturday and Sunday that were later deleted. (Photo: Twitter/@FOP3)
Tweets from the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Twitter account Saturday and Sunday that were later deleted. (Photo: Twitter/@FOP3)

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis issued a statement Saturday denouncing the city’s police union for a series of posts on social media overnight.

The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police lodge took to Twitter on Friday night and posted a photo of actor Leonardo DiCaprio making a toast, with overlain text saying, “Here’s to the Baltimore 6 defense team, the FOP and Detective Taylor.” The FOP also posted a tweet Saturday morning with an image of City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby with the text, “The Wolf That Lurks.” That image was first used as a cover of a New York police union magazine last October, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The posts come in the days after a Baltimore judge acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray, delivering a broad rebuke of a case that he said lacked evidence.

Comments (8)

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david villanueva @ 6/27/2016 4:08 PM

Chief, we all know that you are a political being and a department head. However, it was and is clear that this was a politically motivated prosecution of these officers based on scant evidence of criminal wrong doing. It would behoove you, as a leader, to either keep your mouth shut. Then you can support both the officers under YOUR command and also the city leaders, of which you are one. Be bouncing the hard working officers and the FOP, you are basically saying that you don't care about the just verdicts and have already made up your minds about the Administrative Investigation. Thus you have already decided to terminate these officers without due process for their jobs and will face a "already pre-disposed" wrongful termination suit from every officer you discipline or let go.

AZBIGDOG @ 6/27/2016 6:04 PM

This chief apparently feels that his officers are free game for any political hack and racist to try to railroad them. I think it might be time for him and the prosecutor to either resign or be recalled if possible. The chief is worthless to the men he has sworn to protect and care for.

Tom ret @ 6/27/2016 6:30 PM

Sounds like they need more than just a new state attorney and mayor.

Retired NY Boss @ 6/27/2016 7:29 PM

The good guys won, get over it!

kevcopAz @ 6/27/2016 8:01 PM

This "commissioner" is just another political hack that can dish it out but can't take it. Oh Im sorry that the corrupt Mayor and State's Atty and you too Commissioner were offended. Too bad grow up. All the times that you all have defamed, disgraced and openly criminalized these officers in the news media but the union can't say a word....hypocrites.

tom @ 6/28/2016 5:44 AM

Two kinds of Chiefs (This includes commissioners). Either you get there by playing politics, and keeping the political pundits happy. Or, you work your way to the top by being a good cop, educating yourself regarding leadership, and you have the integrity to always support your people unless you have good reason not to, it's called proof. I like to think of myself as the second kind, and hope that my officers would tell you the same. I don't like nor want to be compared to this political minded puppet. Baltimore officers can hold their heads up high, and know that they are doing the best they can, under the circumstances that they are in.

Milwoutlaw @ 6/28/2016 6:24 AM

I think Baltimores Top Cop should be denouncing the prosecutor that lied, cheated, withheld exculpatory evidence, and unjustifiably tried and charged his Cops when they shouldnt have been charged. And let's have a little denouncing of the City forbsettling the wrongful death before the Officers went to Court. That also made the Officers look bad. Very stupid of the City. Freddie was worth more dead than alive.

Sgt. Mike @ 6/28/2016 10:11 AM

Apparently Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis would prefer his agency employees and their representatives refrain from having opinions unless approved by him?

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