BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s police commissioner says he is “troubled” by a video that appears to show an officer sleeping in his patrol car.

Commissioner Michael Harrison expressed his concern after a video posted Saturday on Instagram appears to show a uniformed officer sleeping in the front seat of a marked police vehicle with headlights and flashing police lights on.

Harrison said the video “raises serious concerns about public safety, officer health and wellness, and officer performance.”

Police union president Sgt. Michael Mancuso said he had not seen the now-removed video. But he said about 20 percent of officers are working on overtime shifts at any given time.

He said people “make more mistakes” when they are fatigued.

He said the department is “300 police officers short.”

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Comments (3)
  1. Tickedoff Person says:

    Seems like fearless leader doesn’t remember what it’s like to be on the street. This guy is a joke. Not making excuses for the patrolmen. He should have turned down the O.T. and caught some Z’s

  2. David DeVincentz says:

    Tickedoffperson. I just retired after twenty eight years of service with this agency. I can tell you that the officer most likely had no choice. Officers are routinely “drafted” to work forced overtime. Some officers are being drafted several days in a row. So before you criticize this officer try standing in his shoes for a moment. How effective would you be on the thirteenth or fourteenth hour of your third or fourth eighteen hour shift?

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