Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis issued a statement Saturday denouncing the city’s police union for a series of posts on social media overnight.
The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police lodge took to Twitter on Friday night and posted a photo of actor Leonardo DiCaprio making a toast, with overlain text saying, “Here’s to the Baltimore 6 defense team, the FOP and Detective Taylor.” The FOP also posted a tweet Saturday morning with an image of City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby with the text, “The Wolf That Lurks.” That image was first used as a cover of a New York police union magazine last October.
The posts come in the days after a Baltimore judge acquitted the police officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray, delivering a broad rebuke of a case that he said lacked evidence.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, drove the transport van in which Gray sustained fatal injuries. He is the second officer cleared in the high-profile case. Four other officers could still face trial.
The tweets drew the ire of many people online, including Davis, who said Saturday that “Inappropriate, insensitive remarks or attacks that serve to detract from our necessary relationships with our community and criminal justice partners have no place in our City.”
The posts have since been deleted by the union.