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Baltimore FOP Send Letter to Producer Over Officers' Portrayal in Saturday Night Live Sketch

October 17, 2018  | 

The president of the Baltimore Police union called a recent Saturday Night Live sketch portraying city officers a “grossly inapt portrayal,” in a letter addressed to the show’s executive producer.

“As you are most likely aware, the Baltimore Police department is currently a very beleaguered agency in the throes of massive amounts of criticism and disrespect,” Lt. Gene Ryan, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, wrote in a letter to SNL’s Lorne Michaels on Wednesday. “Many of our members, especially our younger ones, are struggling with their choice of career and we are losing good and credible members daily. It is a difficult time in Baltimore and to portray our brave, hard-working members with such an inappropriate manner is very unfortunate.”

Ryan’s letter was in response to a sketch “Traffic Stop” that aired last weekend and featured Baltimore native Ego Nwodim and Leslie Jones as police officers stopping and sexually harassing Seth Meyers, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Baltimore patches and badges worn by the actresses are not referenced during the sketch.

Ryan said the show went too far using the patches that his officers wear every day with pride, by officers “who run to the sound of gunfire” to protect the city, and some officers have lost their lives while wearing them. The skit, he said, wasn’t humorous, but “a sharp jab at a group of people who have dedicated their lives to serving others.”

Comments (4)

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Cobra @ 10/17/2018 6:57 PM

It just doesn't matter anymore.

Ernest @ 10/18/2018 5:01 PM

I thought it was funny. Anyone who watches SNL knows they are irreverent. They would have been just as funny if they were wearing Podunk PD patches.

If it had been male cops with female suspect, it would have been sexist. If it had been white cops with a black suspect, it would have been racist. No reasonable or intelligent person will thinks it is how Baltimore Police department does business based on this sketch. Perhaps on how BPD does business or things they have done in the past but not because of this. They need to lighten up a bit. It's SNL, it supposed to be funny. They mock everyone. I guess Bil Clinton, Pres. Trump and all the others that have been mocked by SNL should complain too.

Being a cop is no longer about serving your community, its about politics and perceptions. When it quits being fun, it's time to quit.

David R McConnaughey @ 11/2/2018 3:17 AM

They should have used generic patches and badges. They singled out a specific department. Truthfully: how many single, lonely guys want to get pulled over like that? It was funny and ridiculous, as it was supposed to be.

Badge411 @ 11/7/2018 8:21 PM

It's one thing to make fun of something or someone in good taste, but it's another to insert innuendo, political agenda or a false narrative in an attempt to belittle, smear or in this case continue with the main stream media's agenda that suggests all Police Officers are bad... Regardless, this show is no longer watched in my home, just like the NFL. If there's enough like me, it might make a difference someday...

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