I have immense respect and appreciation for the many police officers who try to do their jobs well under sometimes trying and sometimes dangerous conditions and especially for those who go beyond that and take time to build relationships with the communities in which they work, like Officer Evan Anderson who recently organized the Historic Pennsylvania Avenue Parade. These people are magnificent and their value to the city beyond words.
By contrast, those who appear to regard a badge as a license to bully inspire neither respect nor trust. Nobody is likely to turn to them in trouble or slip them a tip about a problem that could be solved. If they cannot rethink their relationship to the community, the sooner they leave the force the better. The higher the proportion of good cops in the Baltimore police, the better off we'll be.