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No special treatment for police officers | READER COMMENTARY

Baltimore Officer Odis Daniels, center, marching arm-in-arm with Shawn Mackey at left, and Jonathan Davidson, second from right, was one of two police officers who linked arms and later took a knee with the marchers at the conclusion of the Wednesday evening Black Lives Matter march in downtown Baltimore. June 3, 2020. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore Officer Odis Daniels, center, marching arm-in-arm with Shawn Mackey at left, and Jonathan Davidson, second from right, was one of two police officers who linked arms and later took a knee with the marchers at the conclusion of the Wednesday evening Black Lives Matter march in downtown Baltimore. June 3, 2020. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun) (Amy Davis)

Police union representatives Michael Mancuso, Robert Cherry and Elliot Cohen remind us at the end of their commentary that “[Fraternal Order of Police] members are citizens and community members” (”Baltimore police union: here’s why we should keep the officers’ bill of rights,” Jan. 22). Is every citizen afforded a “cooling off” period of five business days before being investigated for the commission of a crime? Of course not.

FOP members would like us to believe that the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights insures the police have the same protections as the rest of us. In reality, the LEOBR gives officers rights most of us do not enjoy or even expect. Yes, police officers are citizens and community members; as such, they should be held to the same standards of conduct.

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Jim Webner, Pikesville

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