Mary­land Se­nate Repub­li­cans con­demn van­dal­ism at FOP Lodge

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE - By THE MARY­LAND SE­NATE REPUB­LI­CAN CAU­CUS

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.”

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