FOP responds to the chair of Baltimore Oversight Task Force resignation
WMAR 2 NEWS STAFF
8:10 PM, May 9, 2018
(WMAR) - The President of the FOP Gene Ryan spoke out Wednesday in regards to the viral video of Reverend Marvin McKenstry Jr. recent confrontation with an officer.
On Tuesday McKenstry officially stepped down as the chair but will remain a member of the Baltimore's Community Oversight Task Force, the committee that oversees the relationships between Baltimore City officers and the community as part of the Consent Decree.
However, in a Wednesday press conference, Ryan said that is not enough and McKenstry should no longer be allowed to be a member of the task force. Ryan said McKenstry illustrates the problem that we face as a community.
"What do you think that does to the young men and women that saw him act like that to a police officer, see that's the biggest issue we have. We're suppose to be working together to solve this problem, not make wit worse. We want him to be part of the solution not the problem, said FOP President, Gene Ryan."
Police body cam captured the exchange between McKenstry and an officer after a traffic stop. In the video, the officer asks for McKenstry's license and registration. McKenstry refuses, and it escalates from there.
McKenstry said he and the police department came up with a resolution weeks ago. McKenstry also said he’s taking full responsibility and now he’s working to build back the task force’s progress.