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Baltimore FOP lashes out at City Council President on Twitter over police distrust comment

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 17:32:53-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 lashed out at City Council President Brandon Scott on Twitter Wednesday.

"Really Brandon?? You didn't say anything like this to President Mancuso last Friday when you attended the FOP3 Holiday Party. I guess what you say depends on your audience? Your comments are BS and nothing more than excuses for failed leadership. Keep blaming others," the FOP tweeted.

The remarks were in response to Scott's tweet the previous night in which he commented on a local news paper article that focused on the high number of Baltimore Police officers who've been suspended, charged, or convicted in 2019.

"Until we can trust our police, we won’t get a handle on violence in Baltimore. We must have confidence that BPD is acting with the urgency needed to confront crime in our neighborhoods, while also policing respectfully & constitutionally. It must be both," said Scott.

The public social media spat comes as the City continues to battle an increase in violent crime, while trying to balance a court enforced consent decree, and reports of low morale within the department.

Scott responded via twitter, stating that they discussed many things including GTTF, frustrations, etc.

In the last 24 hours, three people were murdered and seven others were hurt in eight separate shootings across Baltimore.

On Wednesday morning, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced over 100 arrests made during a recent warrant initiative.

Later in the afternoon, Maryland United States Attorney Robert K. Hur is also expected to announce a new initiative to combat Baltimore's violence.

The announcement comes after a $4.6 million federal crime grant was given to the city earlier this week.