On Saturday, Baltimore’s infamous state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby blasted the city’s police union for “inappropriate political rhetoric” with responses that are “relentlessly divisive.” Mosby’s attack on the union came after union officials condemned a disgusting, violent attack on a Baltimore police officer.
Video showing a struggle between a police sergeant and a suspect who allegedly spat in the officer’s face was posted to Twitter. Laughing bystanders kicked the officer on the ground repeatedly as the two wrestled on the ground.
This is the current climate in #Baltimore disturbing and humiliating. I’m sure going to work under these conditions is making it harder day by day for most. #stayalertstayalive #Policing in 2020 #ThisIsBaltimore a broken City!! pic.twitter.com/YqoYlkcPjw
— Daniel Barahona???? (@GlobalSETT) January 18, 2020
The officer was not seriously hurt. The Maryland governor and Baltimore’s mayor and police commissioner criticized the actions of the crowd and praised the police sergeant.
Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, released a statement partially blaming city officials for the attack and similar incidents, saying they are “indicative of a broken city that is being led by people who have absolutely no real-time crime plan or, it seems, even know how to formulate one.”
— Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) January 18, 2020
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan had said just days before that he felt Democrat city leaders had no effective plan to reduce crime. “It really takes some leadership in the city to start getting tough,” Hogan told WBAL. “There’s no crime plan, there’s no continuity and it’s just simply unacceptable that people are being shot and killed in the streets every single day, and people are fed up with it.”
On Saturday, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Jack Young talked with reporters about the incident. Harrison claimed they were “working overtime following the plans we set forth to make this city safer,” and said they were “trying to make an arrest” in the case involving the videotaped struggle. Later, one arrest was made.
— Jessica Anderson ☀️ (@janders5) January 18, 2020
Mancuso subsequently issued another statement criticizing the comments made by Harrison and Young, as well as their political agenda. He did not hold back.
“Clearly, the Commissioner did not fully appreciate the severity of the situation in which our brave Brother found himself, despite its blatancy,” Mancuso said. “He cannot treat our membership with disdain on a daily basis, then run to defend them when it suits his political agenda.”
Then, addressing the mayor, Mancuso wrote: “Go have your walk on Pennsylvania Ave., spew your rhetoric about the failed crime plan, and tell everyone how tough you are on criminals. We all know the truth is that you are way in over your head! Attacking me is just another attempt to take the heat off your failed leadership.”
Mosby entered the fray with a tweet denouncing the police union, on the one hand claiming it was being “divisive,” while then attacking police who are operating in one of the most crime-infested cities in the country. “The same sense of outrage in this case should be expressed by the leaders of the police union when their officers are convicted of attempted murder, assault, and unlawful arrest against citizens,” she wrote.
— Baltimore SAO (@BaltimoreSAO) January 18, 2020
Violent crime spiked in Baltimore in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray. Not so coincidentally, Mosby took office in January of 2015 after having her campaign generously funded in the election by George Soros.
Also pertinent and insightful in Mosby’s charge of police “fanning the flames” and being “divisive,” earlier in the week the Baltimore state’s attorney posted to Twitter the audio of an ugly, racist voicemail she received that certainly did nothing positive for tensions in the city. “If we’d known you all were going to be this much f—–g trouble, we would have picked our own f—–g cotton,” the caller said, among many other shocking comments.
This is why #IStandWithKimGardner and this hateful rhetoric only strengthens my resolve to continue fighting for justice and working to undo the blight of mass incarceration and its impact on communities of color.” #KeepersOfTheStatusQuo pic.twitter.com/GbP8fTjJbH
— Marilyn J. Mosby (@MarilynMosbyEsq) January 16, 2020
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