Key excerpts from Baltimore police union's After Action Review

Here's what you need to know from the Baltimore police union's 32-page After Action Review released July 8:

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1
Leadership
These riots were, without question, preventable; however, Baltimore Police commanders failed to meet professional standards on all levels. As a result, chaos and lawlessness ensued.
These riots were, without question, preventable; however, Baltimore Police commanders failed to meet professional standards on all levels. As a result, chaos and lawlessness ensued.
Page 4 Baltimore City FOP After Action Review / July 8, 2015
In the April 25, 2015 roll call held at Baltimore Police Headquarters...officers were ordered not to make any arrests until first approved by the Baltimore Police Department legal advisors. ...This glaring departure from recognized police procedure endangered both suspects and officers.
In the April 25, 2015 roll call held at Baltimore Police Headquarters...officers were ordered not to make any arrests until first approved by the Baltimore Police Department legal advisors. ...This glaring departure from recognized police procedure endangered both suspects and officers.
Page 9 Baltimore City FOP After Action Review / July 8, 2015
2
Protective gear
During the April 25, 2015 roll call, officers reported having received instructions from Commisioner Batts...that they were not to wear gloves or sunglasses and that no one was to wear a helmet until advised to do so by a supervisor.
During the April 25, 2015 roll call, officers reported having received instructions from Commisioner Batts...that they were not to wear gloves or sunglasses and that no one was to wear a helmet until advised to do so by a supervisor.
Page 16 Baltimore City FOP After Action Review / July 8, 2015
[Some officers] reported receiving gas masks with expired canisters, gas masks with papers stating "for lawn care only," expired helmets with no padding, helmets with scartached visors, equipment which was not fire-retardant, shields meant for someone whose other hand is dominant and shields intended for training which shattered easily....
[Some officers] reported receiving gas masks with expired canisters, gas masks with papers stating "for lawn care only," expired helmets with no padding, helmets with scartached visors, equipment which was not fire-retardant, shields meant for someone whose other hand is dominant and shields intended for training which shattered easily....
Page 17 Baltimore City FOP After Action Review / July 8, 2015
3
Impact on officers
A significant percentage [of officers] reported that they are considering resigning or retiring within the next one to two years.
A significant percentage [of officers] reported that they are considering resigning or retiring within the next one to two years.
Page 4 Baltimore City FOP After Action Review / July 8, 2015
4
Conclusion
Finally, our After Action Review shows that steps to prepare officers for future unrest have still not been implemented.
Finally, our After Action Review shows that steps to prepare officers for future unrest have still not been implemented.
Page 31 Baltimore City FOP After Action Review / July 8, 2015
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