Former Baltimore Police Officer Explains BPD’s Work Slowdown [WATCH]

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Neill Franklin, retired police officer and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about the police slowdown in Baltimore.

Franklin explained there is a “great void in leadership right now in Baltimore.” According to the former Baltimore police officer, there are many individuals in the law enforcement community who are calling for Baltimore police officers to do their jobs.

“We’re afraid of being prosecuted more than being shot for doing our job and for making a mistake. Nowhere in this country do you see police officers being prosecuted inappropriately or even charged for making mistakes while doing their job. If you do your job according to the law, policy and training, you have nothing to fear.”

Later in the discussion, Franklin summed up why the community distrusts and is expressing a great deal of animosity towards law enforcement when he said the following:

“We have nothing in the bank right now in law enforcement from the community. We’ve mistreated residents, we’ve mistreated citizens, abused them — we’ve used foul language, we just treat them inappropriately and so now even when we do make a mistake, we just don’t have the support of the community and there is no transparency.”

The Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition also cited former Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s comments about State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby as “inappropriate.”

Franklin continued, “We’re not used to seeing this, we’re not used to seeing police officers being treated as citizens when it comes to this sort of thing. She [Marilyn Mosby] did nothing different than if it were an average citizen or group of citizens who allegedly committed a crime.”

“She’s got probable cause for the charges. There’s been no judgment here. That comes during their day in court. She’s not judging anyone. She’s doing what she would do during a normal case when someone is suspected of committing a crime. You have probable cause to place the charges and that is what she has done … The rest will be up to the citizens of Baltimore during a trial to levy any kind of judgment.”

Watch Roland Martin, retired Baltimore police officer Neill Franklin, and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk Panel discuss the voluntary Baltimore police slowdown in the video clip above.

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9 thoughts on “Former Baltimore Police Officer Explains BPD’s Work Slowdown [WATCH]

  1. jack myhoggoff on said:

    Everyone for Obama to Baltimore’s Mayor have trash the cops who can blame them screw the people of Biltmore let the place turn to ash

  2. Voluntary? I’d think after that black female mayor of Baltimore told the Police Force to simply stand down a/k/a let the black old and young honor student hit them in the face with bricks and bottles! Voluntary? Had I been a Police Officer and one of those fuckers looked at me the wrong way I’d gladly give Ms. Mayor her fucken gun/badge back because after I tore the old or young honor student’s ass up I’d have earned my termination! If those police are smart? They’d give Ms. Mayor his/her gun and badge back and let her ass deal with those A-Holes! EXCUSES, Excuses, excuses! How much longer will excuses be made for those fools? How long?

  3. Mhall on said:

    Sometimes a police officer is stupid and forces a situation where they deserve to die, but rather than die, they kill some one.

    unfortunatly this happens too frequently while the people are left helpless to defend their lives against the police.

    if we want to save the police, the first thing we are going to need to do is improve protections for people who act in self defense to kill a police officer.

    If we want to save the police, we are going to have to make it legal for a law abiding citizen to kill a police officer for simply reaching to their waist.

  4. Eason on said:

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature makes them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.

    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self-improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.

  5. John on said:

    If she has probable cause, then why is she withholding information about the knife and the autopsy report after declaring the officers guilty in the media. Why did she declare that the officers had no reason to stop Mr Grey when the Supreme Court ruling in Illinois v. Wardlow allows police to stop people running from high crime and drug areas?

  6. You all said it, that is the reality,let us save this country from chauvinists and devil’s advocates. Transparency and accountability must be in place. Justice must be served.Let us give the current police jobs to those who deserve it.The status quo cannot sustain this way!

  7. You all said it, that is the reality,let us save this country from chauvinists and devil’s advocates.advocates. Transparency and accountability must be in place. Justice must be served.Let us give the current police to those who deserve it.The status quo cannot sustain this way!

    • Tiko on said:

      Justice? As YOU see it? Burning? Looting? Trying to kill police? Murder? Drug running? Who deserves the jobs? “Gentle Giant” thugs? We see how well self policing is working with the black communities. Did you see those arms on the thugs trying to kill cops with bricks? Look at the positive side……they actually did a little work to gather the bricks. The glass is half full.

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