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Fraternal Order of Police BALTIMORE CITY LODGE No. 3 A '3920 BUENA VISTA AVENUE BALTINORE, MARYLAND 21211 Phone. (310) 243.9141 Fax: (410) 467-1643, Twitter: @FOPS USAM. FIA ‘Secretary AN OPEN LETTER October 17, 2018 Mr. Lome Michaels Saturday Night Live NBC Floors 8 -9 GE Building 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112 Dear Mr. Michaels: Lam writing this letter on behalf of the 4,300 members of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #3, both active and retired, to express great disappointment over the distorted representation of Baltimore Police Officers on your recent show, which aired on October 13, 2018. The segment in question is entitled “Traffic Stop” and included several members of your cast, including the shows’ host, Seth Myers. We believe that humor, and the laughter that results, is necessary in all of 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 cast are wom 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. They are worn by the men and ‘women who run toward the sound of gun fire, while others run away. They are worn by the men and women who save lives and, in over 100 cases in our agency’s history, were worn by men and ‘women who sacrificed their own lives for the safety of others. In fact, it could be said that almost all of our members who were killed in the line of duty, died while wearing those patches. Again, we appreciate the fact that Saturday Night Live has long provided our nation with the opportunity to laugh, oftentimes at ourselves. Having said that, however, we feel very strongly that the comedy that was attempted in the “Traffic Stop” segment fell short of being humorous ~ REPRESENTING THE PROFESSIONAL POLICE OFFICERS OF BALTIMORE CITY — and felt, instead, like a sharp jab at a group of people who have dedicated their lives to serving others, Some may think it funny, and clearly you and your cast and crew do as well. We, on the other hand, believe that humor at the expense of our brave membership is not humor at all. Sincerely, Kort § ga— Lt. Gene 8. Ryan President