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Police union wants Rawlings-Blake investigated too

Police union welcomes DOJ review but wants @MayorSRB investigated too

The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police said they welcome the Department of Justice's civil rights investigation of the police department - and want them to expand the review to include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. 

In a statement posted on Twitter, the FOP said they "look forward to working with [DOJ] representatives to heal the wounds of our city, and to improve the relationships between the community and our department."

It goes on to say that they should "also consider expanding the scope of their review to include the practices and policies of the Mayor of Baltimore."

"In her sixth year in office, Mayor Rawlings-Blake is the leader of all city agencies, including the Baltimore Police Department, and we believe that her leadership of, and involvement in, the Police Department also deserves evaluation."

They say the Justice Department's review of police in Ferguson, Mo. following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown included a review of the city's government.

"We agree that the same is required in Baltimore," the statement says. 

The mayor and the union have enjoyed a generally positive relationship, though she rankled the union last month with critical statements about the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights in relation to the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray.

Rawlings-Blake pushed for changes to the bill in the most recent legislative session, and blamed the law for slowing the Freddie Gray investigation, though the union countered that five of the six officers had spoken to investigators. Even if they hadn't, the officers' right to remain silent was protected by the U.S. Constitution, not the state law officers' rights bill, which governs internal discipline, they said.

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