BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Twitter war is raging on between a Baltimore city councilman and the city’s police union after the councilman suggested a police memorial should be removed.

On Thursday, Gov. Larry Hogan added his voice to the ongoing feud, saying, “I am disgusted by the vile remarks about removing the public memorial saluting Baltimore’s fallen police officers, which was funded and championed by their family members.”

The social media war began last week when Councilman Ryan Dorsey tweeted that the Fraternal Order of Police memorial should be removed. The memorial he was speaking of is actually a memorial to fallen Baltimore police officers.

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During July 4th protests, Dorsey tweeted asking, “How is it that with all the attention given to the Columbus monuments, and as consistently awful as the FOP is, how is the FOP memorial not on the list of monuments to remove?”

Later that night, protesters pulled down the statue of Christopher Columbus in Little Italy and then threw it into the harbor.

On Tuesday, Dorsey tweeted a clarification saying that he was told the FOP memorial is not actually an FOP memorial.

However, Dorsey also doubled down on his critique of the FOP saying, “FOP3 is a toxic, divisive organization. FOP3 attacks and tears down every effort to reform BPD. FOP3 wages endless war against anyone who dares speak out against police corruption, misconduct and abuse — including its own officers. FOP3 defends and encourages unconstitutional conduct by its officers.”

FOP President Mike Mancuso responded to Dorsey’s “veiled threats” on Wednesday and stated he would be asking their attorneys to send two letters: a Public Information Act request to the BPD involving Councilman Ryan Dorsey and then a letter to Commissioner Michael Harrison asking that the memorial be protected from harm.

During a press conference Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young was asked about the monument debate, including the Columbus statue.

“There’s no way you can erase history, you learn from it,” Young said. “Those monuments should have something there to talk about what happened in the dark past.”

The memorial was vandalized last month with red spray paint.

Comments (6)
  1. King Julian says:

    ryan dorsey = ass waffle

  2. Frank says:

    ryan dorsey should be forced to apologize or lose his seat at the table. he is a pile of filth and needs to be put in the trash like one.

  3. Bill Smiths says:

    I would not expect anything less from a socialist liberal. With all the violence going on in the city all this a$$ clown can talk about is removing a memorial for men and women who paid the ultimate price serving Baltimore. This clown needs to go.

  4. chrissfarmer says:

    All the sock puppets are here engaging in the kindergarten activity of name calling!!!!!!!!!! You are trying to fool a PhD forensic linguist, give it up!

    He is entitled to his opinion, just like anyone else. I would prefer to see it remain. Most people are not anti police, they just have a problem with the killing of so many unarmed Black citizens and how some officers treat some citizens differently based on ethnicity. We clearly need to retrain some officers and get rid of some, but most of them do a good job. The police would greatly benefit from officers or civilians with advanced training in substance abuse, anger management and mental health issues to handle calls where that kind of expertise would be best as it is not really a law enforcement issue. Police officers may gain some expertise over years of service, but most have little to no training in those fields. Clearly they need to be trained how to take un unarmed man into custody without killing him.

    I never imagined I would ever see a video of a man dying while other men knelt on his neck as he screamed that he could not breathe.

    Bill, Julian, Frank (whoever you want to pretend to be) please enlighten us, what exactly, clearly and concisely, is a “socialist liberal”?

    1. King Julian says:

      my opinion remains the same

  5. working_man says:

    PhD forensic linguist = non-essential worker

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