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Union Calls for Resignation of Leopold, Teare

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents the sergeants and lieutenants of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, released a press release on Monday calling for the resignations.

A union of sergeants and lieutenants is calling for the resignation of County Executive John R. Leopold and Police Chief James Teare Sr., according to a press release.

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents the sergeants and lieutenants of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, released a press release Monday calling for the resignations in light of . Leopold is charged with four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.

The full release is copied below:

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents the sergeants and lieutenants of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, is calling on County Executive John Leopold and Police Chief James Teare, Sr., to resign following Leopold's indictment on fraud and misconduct charges.

"Our members thought the county executive made unsafe decisions about public safety before the indictment," said Paul J. Birks, IBPO national vice president, referring to the vote of no confidence the sergeants and lieutenants took in Leopold’s performance a week before the release of the indictment. "We're even more concerned now that Mr. Leopold will have the distraction of such serious legal troubles."

"If Mr. Leopold truly cares about the safety of the people of Anne Arundel County, as he claims, he'll do the right thing and hand the helm over to someone who can make wiser public safety decisions without conflict," said Birks.

The IBPO is also calling on Chief Teare to step down. Included in the indictment against Leopold is a charge that officers approached the chief with their concerns about Leopold's alleged misuse of officers for campaign and personal purposes, but that the chief did nothing in response.

"If officers cannot trust their chief to protect them from the alleged abuse by a public official, then how can citizens trust the chief to protect them?" asked Birks.

Mike Rhombus March 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Yes, he should step down - but given his lack of credibility, he likely won't.
Mr. P March 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Both of them should have their day in court, and if found guilty, should be fired. What hypocricy ... police set up stings to arrest prostitutes in BWI hotel rooms, and if the accusations about our County Executive are correct, officers were instructed to transport him to public parking lots for the sole purpose of sex. I'm not defending prostitution, but at least those girls are more decent because they have their sex in a private place.
jj March 06, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Just like the other county executives that came before him. They all pull this nonsense. He may pull a Clinton and say he has an illness or addiction.
b taylor March 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
If it was a normal everyday person they would still be in jail. Leapold claims to be for the people but, if you call his office or write to him he never answers anything. Both need to step down. No wonder the crime is out of hand county police are watching Leapold and not the crime. The problem is the justice system, They slamm every one else just cont the county officals.
Michelle W April 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Teare is in charge of Anne Arundle Animal Control and he allows that office to have hours that prevent people from coming in to look at the animals unless they take off work and he does not respond to any calls, letters or emails with regards to what goes on there. There is A LOT going on at Animal Control that if people knew about they would not be happy with, especially if you care about domestic animals, have lost a pet or care about wild animals that are caught and turned in for "relocation". We need somebody who will actually do what is right, plain and simple. He's way to comfy in his position and it's time to go!
tom January 19, 2013 at 03:55 PM
If people need to go to animal control, they can make arrangements to do so. Keeping offices open extra hours costs taxpayer dollars and disrupts the lives of employees. Some people would prefer to have everything open 24/7, without regard to anything other than their own convenience. No matter how long they are open, they won't be able to please everyone and that's just the way life works. It's not a perfect world and we can't all be pampered.

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