An attorney representing dozens of police unions across Maryland reiterated complaints of what he called failed leadership within the Baltimore police department during Monday’s meeting with the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing.
Michael Davey, attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, spoke directly with the commission for more than 40 minutes, nearly two weeks after sending commissioners a letter expressing his concerns.
During Monday’s meeting the attorney objected to changes Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and other city leaders suggested should be made to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. The changes Harrison and other advocates of reform are seeking would allow the police commissioner to fire officers charged with felonies and misdemeanors, instead of having to wait until they are convicted.
Davey repeatedly referred to the department as “mismanaged” and said he doesn’t think Harrison understands the gravity of his recommendations.