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June 17, 2014
The Howard County Police Officers Association, FOP Lodge 21 has endorsed Jon Weinstein, Democrat for the Howard County Council District 1. Jon has made a career in improving government performance, has written two books on government management, has been a business owner and has been involved in our community for many years. We feel strongly that Jon will make an excellent County Council member for District 1. Gregory Der, Ellicott City The writer is president of the Howard County Police Officers Association, FOP Lodge 21 - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined Tuesday a sweeping plan to reduce police brutality, including the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras, while reiterating that they are committed to restoring public trust in the agency. "We didn't create these problems, but as leadership in charge today, it's our obligation to do everything that we can to fix the breach between the community and police," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said about the 41-page report outlining their plans.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2010
The Baltimore police union voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject a one-year contract that would have reduced wages by nearly 2 percent in exchange for five additional vacation days. Ninety-five percent of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police voted against the proposal; they were angered by pay cuts coming on the heels of an overhaul of the public safety pension system implemented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, union president Robert F. Cherry said. "It's not just a rejection of the city's best offer," said Cherry.
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October 6, 2014
The decision last week by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to call in federal investigators to probe allegations of excessive use of force and other misconduct by Baltimore police is as embarrassing as it was unavoidable. No city attempting to polish its image as an attractive place to live and work wants to admit having a problem with police brutality it can't handle. But since a six-month investigation by The Sun uncovered evidence of a dysfunctional department seemingly inimical to reform, it's been apparent that the city needs help.
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By Julie Scharper | julie.scharper@baltsun.com | December 11, 2009
After months of negotiations, city officials and the Baltimore police union have hammered out a deal that would cut $5 million from the police budget while bringing long-sought changes to shift schedules. Under the new agreement, which must be ratified by union members, officers would no longer be forced to work six-day weeks and would gain an average of seven days of vacation, though they would not be paid for five of those days, making them de facto furlough time. The plan would control the number of officers who could take off on a given day, limiting the amount of overtime needed to fill vacant shifts.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
Baltimore's police union is calling for an overhaul of the department, describing the agency's management strategy as "outdated, ineffective and reactive" and proposing changes that it said would boost officer morale and reduce crime across the city. Though the study has been in the works for several months, it comes as the city seeks a replacement for Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who oversaw steep declines in gun crime after taking over in mid-2007. Robert F. Cherry, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said the union wants the report to serve as a blueprint for improvements by the department's next management team.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2011
The head of the Baltimore County police union is under investigation after being accused of assaulting a driver late Wednesday in Parkville. The driver, who works for a sedan service, said in a complaint that Sgt. Cole B. Weston cursed at him, accused him of being a drug dealer, smacked him in the face and pointed a gun at him. A police report of the incident says that Weston, who was off duty and in plainclothes, appeared intoxicated. Hosseim Taranpisheh, 51, told police he was waiting for a customer to return to the car and pay him for a ride when Weston approached and began berating him. The customer, Sean Manigault, told police that when he saw Weston draw his gun, he ran into the woods until other officers arrived.
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November 18, 2009
The police union and City Hall are preparing for arbitration after attempts to reach an agreement to trim $5.1 million from the police budget failed. "Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to reach a consensus," said Scott Peterson, a spokesman for Mayor Sheila Dixon. The Fraternal Order of Police submitted a final offer this week, which city officials say does not meet the targeted cuts. But union President Robert Cherry disagreed, saying, "We've given them a number of offers that would not only meet the $5.1 million goal but exceed it."
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The officer involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is getting support from the Anne Arundel County police union. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, the union that represents officers in Anne Arundel, has donated $1,070 to an online defense fund for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. That's the largest donation listed for the campaign on the website gofundme.com. O'Brien Atkinson, an Anne Arundel County police officer and president of the lodge, said his members wanted to send money to help feed police officers working long shifts during the protests and unrest that have erupted since Wilson shot Brown on Aug. 9. But the national FOP suggested contributing to the legal defense fund instead.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Four years after throwing its support behind Gregg Bernstein in his quest to become Baltimore state's attorney, the Baltimore Police union has chosen to stay neutral for his re-election campaign. Robert F. Cherry, the union's president, said a committee of officers recently voted not to endorse Bernstein or his primary election challenger, attorney Marilyn Mosby. He noted that the union stayed neutral in the race eight years ago, and said the decision this time should not be viewed as a lack of support for Bernstein.
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By Mark Puente and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
As Baltimore Police Department officials prepare for a Department of Justice probe into allegations of brutality, leaders of the local police union criticized the outside scrutiny and said it could make city streets less safe. A host of reforms, along with a strategic plan unveiled last year, shows the department is serious about improving its relationship with the community, Fraternal Order of Police President Robert Cherry said Monday. The new federal scrutinty could make city officers fearful of being second-guessed and lead to ineffective policing, he added.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Baltimore's spending panel is asked Wednesday to approve about $4,700 in back pay for a city police sergeant who was suspended without pay after allegedly pointing a gun at her 20-year-old son's head. The Board of Estimates will vote whether to pay back salary to Robin Blackmon while she was suspended for about a month in 2013, under an agreement with the Police Department and the union. The board also is asked to provide back pay of about $105,000 to Carlos M. Vila, a former police sergeant accused of secretly recording a conversation with a judge.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The president of the Baltimore Police union for the past six years has announced he will not seek another term.  In a memo to fellow members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 late last week, Robert F. Cherry said he would not be seeking any position on the union's executive board when nominations are accepted at a meeting Monday night.  Cherry, who is in his 21st year on the force, said he will request a return to the operations bureau....
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August 25, 2014
One of the first traits police recruiters ought to look for in their candidates is empathy. After all, at the heart of law enforcement is understanding the behavior of human beings and without some insight into what motivates their actions - for good or ill - it would be impossible to gain their trust or anticipate their conflicts, let alone protect and serve them. That's one of the reasons it's so disappointing to read that the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 which represents police officers in Anne Arundel County, has chosen to donate $1,070 to an online defense fund for Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, an incident that has drawn national attention and continues to stir rioting and protests in that St. Louis suburb.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Baltimore County officials are praising a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that the county didn't need to hire a third party to settle a 2011 dispute with the police union. The dispute centered on an incentive program the county started in 2010 to encourage good attendance among employees. If a worker used no sick time for a year, he or she would get money to buy a $100 savings bond and a congratulatory letter from the county executive. But the program was "only modestly successful," according to county officials, and the savings bond component was ended the next year.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The officer involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is getting support from the Anne Arundel County police union. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, the union that represents officers in Anne Arundel, has donated $1,070 to an online defense fund for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. That's the largest donation listed for the campaign on the website gofundme.com. O'Brien Atkinson, an Anne Arundel County police officer and president of the lodge, said his members wanted to send money to help feed police officers working long shifts during the protests and unrest that have erupted since Wilson shot Brown on Aug. 9. But the national FOP suggested contributing to the legal defense fund instead.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
The president of the Baltimore County police union has been suspended with pay and stripped of his police powers after an internal department investigation, months after he received probation before judgment on misdemeanor assault charges, a department spokeswoman said. Sgt. Cole B. Weston, who has led the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4 for 12 years, will be suspended pending an administrative hearing that has not yet been scheduled, said Elise Armacost, a department spokeswoman.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
The head of the Baltimore County police union has had his police powers restored after he received probation before judgment on misdemeanor assault charges in Circuit Court this week. Sgt. Cole B. Weston had his police powers suspended and was placed on administrative duties soon after he was charged in late March with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with an altercation with another man in Parkville. Police spokeswoman Detective Cathy Batton said that after an administrative hearing at the Police Department this week, Weston's police powers were restored.
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August 15, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's actions regarding city pensions show why Baltimore City will never be able to obtain and keep qualified police and fire personnel ("Federal court upholds mayor's pension overhaul," Aug. 6). When people come on a job they sign a contract that outlines what they will receive for their services when they retire. Throughout their careers contracts are renegotiated and each party expects the other to abide by the terms agreed on. However, this mayor has ignored what was promised to retirees.
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By Michael Dresser | August 13, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown claimed the endorsement of the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police Wednesday, breaking a string of three general elections in which the union has backed the Republican candidate. The state FOP opted to support Brown over Republican Larry Hogan at its state convention in Solomons. According to the Brown campaign, the union's rules required the support of delegates representing at least 60 percent of the statewide membership to endorse a candidate.
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