Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis on Wednesday publicly criticized as “outrageous” a Facebook post by City Councilman Ryan Dorsey in which Dorsey said city police officers who live in other jurisdictions “siphon” city taxpayers’ money and “beat, abuse, and kill the people who actually live here.”
Only a little more than 20 percent of city police officers live within the city, something Davis and other officials have identified as a problem. However, Davis has said recruitment in the city is up, and on Wednesday said more than 40 percent of current recruits are from the city.
Dorsey wrote the comment on an anonymously-sourced Baltimore City Paper story about ongoing contract negotiations between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, the police union that represents rank-and-file police officers. The story claimed negotiations have stalled because of union opposition to civilians sitting on trial boards. Such boards determine discipline for officers accused of misconduct.
The union and the city are barred from discussing the negotiations.