Maryland Senate Republicans condemn vandalism at FOP Lodge
Today, the fifteen members of the Senate Republican Caucus issued the following
statement in response to the vandalism of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 in Baltimore City over the weekend:
“We condemn the vandalism of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge that occurred on Saturday night in Baltimore City. While we support the First Amendment rights of all Marylanders to peacefully protest, the damage that rioters caused to the building and their desecration of the Lodge’s American flag is an unacceptable attack on every law enforcement officer in our State. We are disappointed that Baltimore City leaders were not more proactive in diffusing this situation before it turned violent. The tepid response to this incident, as well as that to the destruction of Baltimore’s Columbus statue earlier this summer, establishes a dangerous precedent.
All citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and exercise their right to free speech. But when these protected activities devolve into vandalism and lawlessness, there must be consequences.
Those who committed this act of vandalism must be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law. We call on the leaders of Baltimore City to condemn these actions, and to immediately detail their plan to combat the obvious criminal behavior of these rioters before this unrest escalates and spreads any further.
We continue to stand with all of Maryland’s law enforcement professionals who put their lives on the line ever y day in ser vice to their communities and our State.”