Baltimore’s recognition in the most recent airing of Saturday Night Live is drawing criticism from the local police officers’ union.
Baltimore native Ego Nwodim made her most prominent appearance on the show alongside Leslie Jones in sketch where the two played police officers a little too eager to question a man they pulled over.
The uniforms these “Thirsty Cops” wore had Baltimore Police Department badges.
In response to the department’s uniforms being used, the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan wrote a letter to Saturday Night Live’s creator about the portrayal of city officers.
“We believe that humor, and the laugher that results, is necessary in all our lives and we know that the iconic Saturday Night Live has long been a source of that requirement. We must, however, take exception with the grossly inapt portrayal of our members during this particular sketch. As you are most likely aware, the Baltimore Police Department is currently a very beleaguered agency in the throes of massive amounts of criticism and disrespect. Many of our members, especially our young ones, are struggling with their choice of career and we are losing good and credible members daily. It is a difficult time in Baltimore and to portray our brave, hard-working members with such an inappropriate manner is very unfortunate.
“The Baltimore Police patches that were attached to the shirts of your case are worn by each and every member of our agency during their careers. They are worn with extreme pride because, to us, they represent the best that law enforcement has to offer.”
See SNL skit on video below:
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