The president of the Baltimore police union issued a formal complaint to “Saturday Night Live” bosses after the show appeared to mock their team during the most recent episode.
Lt. Gene S. Ryan wrote a letter to creator Lorne Michaels, in which he expressed “great disappointment” over a recent skit called “Thirsty Cops”.
The segment in question, which featured Seth Meyers, Leslie Jones, Ego Nwodim and Kate McKinnon, saw the cops sexually harass Meyers’ character, who they pulled over for looking “fine as hell.”
Despite the skit not referencing Baltimore’s police force directly, the patches were thought to have been the same.
The letter read, “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.”
Ryan continued, “The Baltimore patches that were attached to the shirts of your cast 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.”
He signed it off, “Some may think it funny, and clearly you and your cast and crew do as well. We, on the other hand, believe that humour at the expense of our brave membership is not humour at all.”
The “SNL” clip included Jones telling Meyers, “Anything you do or say will be held against my body to turn me on,” as he said: “Look I know what you guys are talking about and this feels like harassment.”