Baltimore PD Lieutenant Suspended for Calling Black Lives Matter Protesters ‘Thugs’

A woman holds up a placard in Altab Ali Park in east London, as she attends a Black Lives Matter event, on August 5, 2016. The group, inspired by the US protest movement against police shootings of black men, has highlighted British deaths in police custody and the fact that black people in Britain are more likely to be arrested and jailed. / AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
According to a CBS Baltimore report, a Baltimore Police lieutenant and police union leader has been suspended following the surfacing of an email he sent to union members that called Black Lives Matter protesters “thugs.” The email that surfaced was sent to the entire police force from Lt. Victor Gearhart, who wrote of the protesters, “…expect more bad behavior from the thugs of Baltimore.” Gearhart was suspended from the force after commanding officers discovered the email Monday. “The commissioner was absolutely outraged because it’s something that we’re constantly working on,” police spokesperson T.J. Smith said. Gearhart filed a lawsuit against the police department earlier this year after controversial tweets resulted in a reassignment to overnight security duty. The Baltimore PD has launched an internal investigation over the email. An excerpt from the email read as follows: “By now you have seen that the THUGS from Black Lives Matter and other similar groups have attempted to disrupt the State FOP Convention being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Well today as check-in day with activities spread over the next 3 days so expect more bad behavior from the Thugs of Baltimore. On the bright side maybe they will stop killing each other while they are protesting us.”