Lawmakers from Harford County honor slain deputies

On the Senate floor in Annapolis Thursday, a Harford County lawmaker made a heartfelt plea to colleagues to understand the dangers law enforcement officers face.

Sen. Robert Cassilly asked lawmakers to have empathy for the "stress they're under" as officers make routine traffic stops or arrests that can turn deadly.


"They can't take for granted one moment," Cassilly said. "It might be their last encounter."

Two Harford County Sheriff's deputies were killed in a shooting Wednesday. On Thursday, they were identified as Deputy Patrick Dailey (a 30-year veteran of the force, assigned to the court service division) and Deputy Mark Logsdon (a 16-year veteran assigned to the community services division).

Cassilly, a Republican, urged senators to keep in mind -- as they deal with a spate of bills concerning law enforcement officers this year -- that police are trained to project an air of authority as they deal with members of the public.

Sometimes, he said, that can make them come off as "arrogant SOBs."

"It's a matter of life or death," he said. "It's tough for these people."

Lawmakers in the House of Delegates paused for a moment of silence in honor of the deputies at the request of Del. Rick Impallaria, a Republican whose district includes part of Harford County.

"They were publicly executed for wearing a blue uniform," Impallaria said.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch encouraged delegates to keep the slain deputies and their families in their prayers.