Baltimore officer suspended after calling protesters 'thugs'

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016 2:20 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A vice president of Baltimore's police union has been suspended after sending an email to the entire department that referred to demonstrators as "thugs."

Police Lt. Victor Gearhart was referring to a group protesting the state Fraternal Order of Police conference at a downtown hotel.

Department spokesman T.J. Smith said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis was "outraged by the email" and said the message "is not representative of the men and women of this agency."

Gearhart was disciplined earlier this year for posting offensive material on social media.

His attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.