We are deeply sadden by the loss of one of our own, Officer Thomas (TJ) Bomba. Officer Bomba served the Montgomery County community for over 13 years. Officer Bomba was respected amongst his peers and served with distinction. He will be surely missed. Please keep the Bomba family in your thoughts and prayers.
Today ABC 7 WJLA reported that FOP Lodge 35 released a statement concerning the condition and name of the officer involved in today’s shooting. FOP Lodge 35 has not spoken with any employee from WJLA about today’s event. The report of FOP Lodge 35 making a statement to the media (WJLA) is untrue, FOP Lodge 35 has not released a statement to the media regarding today’s event in Silver Spring. FOP Lodge 35 continues to keep the officers family in their thoughts and prayers.
The Montgomery County Police and the Fraternal Order of Police are consistently labeled as racist. Regarding a Montgomery County Officer’s use of the n-word, the organization has responded to blatant untruths and statements filled with negative insinuation by offering a public statement of fact on the record. The organization is intent on building positive police community relations in the face of opposition to the effort.
Media outlets hungry for viewership and individuals with political agendas have targeted the recent incident involving a female Montgomery County Police Officer and males detained for suspected criminal activity. Two versions of the incident were recorded. One recording is by the cell phone of one of the males involved. The other footage is from the body worn camera of the officer. The latter version is complete and unedited. The media released the version captured on cell phone which does not present a full perspective and context of the incident.
As an African-American police officer and the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, it is disturbing to hear the use of the n-word by male subjects referring to African-American and White officers on the scene, and the female police oficer repeating the word during a lapse in good judgment and composure. After the female officers emotionally charged interchange with at least one of the males, she can be heard repeating the same term in response to a question. Though inexcusable, the use of the term appears to be absent any racial or discriminatory intent. This conclusion is easily reached when viewing the full unedited video, the one that is now available to the public.
An objective viewer is hard-pressed to give deference to the males in the video who liberally use the n-word and are offended when thier words are repeated back to them. African-Americans cannot expect to casually use such a derogatory word and not expect others to think they have the same liberality. There are excuses used to seemingly support the common use of the epithet such as it being a term of endearment or there is less of a negative connotation attached to something heard so often. A better understanding of the profound historical impact that the word has had on African-Americans might curtail the popularity of its everyday use. One could argue that a race who uses the term so casually weakens its right to demand that no one else may use the term.
The word is offensive and should be removed from all casual reference. There is common knowledge that the terms historical use has been for negative purposes. This sentiment is at the root of those who are choosing to disseminate the cell phone version of the aforementioned police incident. The real issue is eradicating the n-word from popular speech. That is not achieved by stoking hateful emotions through the dissemination of video that in its brevity is essentially a wrongful depiction of something that happened. Providentially, our laws afford both the males contacted by the police and the police officer due process.
President, FOP Lodge 35
Today, Tom Manger announced through a press release that he has decided, after a long 15 years, to retire with full benefits, from the Montgomery County Police Department. During his time with the Montgomery County Police Department, Tom Manger made several accomplishments. He assisted Mr. Richard Leotta, father of slain officer Noah Leotta, in Annapolis with Noah’s law which was passed in 2016. He also worked to improve several police buildings with the new construction of a police headquarters, training academy, as well as the 2nd and 3rd district police stations. He also resurrected the Montgomery County Police Cadet program.
Tom Manger is an admired political figure in the community. He served on a number of boards and served as the President of the Major Cities Police Chiefs. In an effort to be more transparent with the community and the public at large, Tom Manger collaborated with FOP Lodge 35 to implement a body worn camera program, which was one of the first successfully negotiated programs in the United States.
Unfortunately, while serving as the Director of the Police Department, Tom Manger was often unwilling to cooperatively work with FOP Lodge 35 to accomplish more. During his tenure, Tom Manger illegally transferred a K-9 officer and tried to prevent him from adopting his K-9 partner, Chip. He allowed the displacement of pregnant officers with no regard to their rights. He allowed officers to be denied much needed leave.
Moreover, Tom Manger did not have the decency to communicate his retirement to the working police officers of Montgomery County. These officers were notified through today’s media press release.
We wish Tom Manger luck in his future endeavors and look forward to a new Director of the Police Department that is willing to work collaboratively with FOP 35 to protect our communities and our police officers.
FOP Lodge 35
As president and on behalf of the over 1400 active and retired members of the Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 (FOP), FOP35 Police PAC is pleased to endorse and support Jae Hwang in the 2018 campaign for Montgomery County Sheriff.
FOP Lodge 35 appreciates his support of law enforcement officers and labor in Montgomery County. Jae Hwang believes strongly in the work rights of law enforcement officers. FOP Lodge 35 believes Jae Hwang’s experience in the United States Military as a JAG Attorney and his time on the Montgomery County Police Department gives him the experience, knowledge and proven leadership abilities essential to lead the Montgomery County Sheriffs office.
The men and women of FOP 35 look forward to working with Jae Hwang to ensure our Montgomery County communities continue to receive the finest quality of services to create a safe environment to live, work, and play; and to ensure that police officers and sheriff officers who provide those services receive the necessary pay, benefits, equipment and workplace protections.
FOP 35 Police PAC
The Fraternal Order of Police lodge 35 endorses the following candidates for their strong support of public safety:
Governor - Larry Hogan
County Executive - Marc Elrich
County Council District 3 - Sidney Katz
County Council District 4 - Nancy Navarro
COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 - tom HUCKER
County Council At-Large - Will Jawando
County Council At-Large - Gabe Albornoz
COMPTROLLER - peter franchot
Attorney General - Brian Frosh
District 14 - Sen. Craig J. Zucker
District 14 - Del. Anne R. Kaiser
District 14- Del. Eric G. Luedtke
District 15 - Sen. Brian J. Feldman
District 15 - Del. Kathleen M. Dumais
District 15 - Del. David V. Fraser-Hidalgo
District 15 - Lily Qi
District 16 - Sen. Susan C. Lee
District 17 - Del. Kumar P. Barve
DISTRICT 17 - DEL. ANDREW PLATT
District 17- Del. James W. Gilchrist
District 18 - Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher
District 19 - Sen. Benjamin F. Kramer
District 19 - Del. Bonnie L. Cullison
District 20 - Sen. Will Smith
District 39 - Sen. Nancy J. King
District 39 - Del. Kirill Reznik
From October 2015 to October 2017, the police department has spent $561,620 on police training. Of those funds, FOP unit members (1238 eligible) have used $256,053; police management (61 eligible) have used $153,284; and non-sworn personnel (810 eligible) have used $152,282. If you break these numbers down, that is $206 per FOP member, $2,512 per police manager, and $189 per non-sworn personnel.
The chart below is an example of where police management funds are going. Recently, a training committee (consisting of 4 assistant chiefs) approved police management (shown below) to attend high priced trainings. Meanwhile, FOP members were denied the same training due to a “lack of funds”. If you look closely at the diagram below, you will see how each training links back to Tom Manger. He is currently the president of Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and vice president of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Within the past three years, police management has spent $93,910 to attend conferences and trainings at MCCA and PERF. Luther Reynolds alone attended 6 of these conferences and trainings, costing the County $9,482. This does not include his scholarship as a class leader to attend PERF ($9,300 value). Training opportunities need to be fair to all, not just a select few.