An incident involving a Baltimore County police officer set off a firestorm at the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) meeting, which had to be moved to the CCBC campus to handle the volume of attendees.
The officer allegedly was assaulted by a BLM protester and reportedly raised his hands in a surrender motion. Other officers who witnessed the strange encounter became outraged over the incident, particularly the lack of response by the police department and county leadership.
Several angry police officers told The Post they felt betrayed by leaders like Police Chief Melissa Hyatt and County Executive Johnny Olszewski, who seemed to have sided with the protesters.
One officer went on to say that he doesn’t think the current Baltimore County administration has the police officers’ backs.
“We were trained to follow protocol, which dictates that if someone assaults you, that person is to be arrested,” the officer said in a rather disgusted tone.
The rank-and-file FOP members requested a ‘vote of no confidence’ regarding Chief Hyatt. This move, according to our sources, was thwarted by FOP President Dave Rose.
Many front-line officers told us they believe that Johnny O ‘s progressive/liberal/socialist policies have created anarchy in Baltimore County. Some spoke of the record-breaking homicide total in the county last year as evidence of Johnny O and Chief Hyatt’s failed leadership.
One recent incident also highlighted the perils faced other first responders, in this case firefighters. WBAL TV 11 news documented a recent apartment fire when firefighters had projectiles thrown at them. The police had to be called to the scene to restore order.
Later, the report was changed to say that police officers were called simply to keep people from going back into the building. Despite the updated report, the Baltimore County Fire Department maintained its take on what actually happened.
The Baltimore Post also found this report from WJZ TV 13 which directly contrasted the fire department’s scenario.
The Baltimore Post recently interviewed the FOP President Rose regarding these matters, but he seemed to downplay many of our questions. We also asked about Chief Hyatt’s rumored refusal to meet with the FOP. Ironically, that very same day, Chief Hyatt’s spokesperson told us that such a meeting had just been scheduled.
PIO Jennifer Z. Peach also gave us the police department’s official take on the alleged assault:
We have had no incidents involving an officer being assaulted by a protestor. All protocols for the crime of assault against a police officer remain unchanged. Chief Hyatt has been clear that criminal behavior will be handled according to all applicable laws and departmental protocols, as has always been the case.
Officer Peach also provided information about the recent protests:
Communication on contact with demonstrators continues to be consistent – we are working with planned demonstrations to make sure that they are all safely conducted and providing traffic control when needed. All demonstrations thus far have been peaceful and successfully coordinated between the organizers and the department. If any crimes are committed during the course of a demonstration those crimes will be handled in accordance with applicable laws.
Folks, it appears to us that there is a serious disconnect between the rank-and-file police officers and their so-called leaders. We can only hope that the situation soon stabilizes for our men and women in blue.
Whether or not that will happen with the current ‘leadership’ remains uncertain.