Sign inside Baltimore police van under investigation
BALTIMORE (WBAL) —The Baltimore City Police Department has launched an internal investigation after a WBAL-TV 11 News viewer shared four photographs of a sign inside a city police wagon.
The photos show the doors of the parked police van left open. On the inside of the back door is a sign, attached or possibly stenciled on, that reads: "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!"
The pictures were taken Tuesday near the Central District Police Station on Baltimore Street.
The sign's placement makes it clear that this is a message for people who are arrested to see after they're put in the back of the van and the doors are shut.
Police Department officials told 11 News the photos are real and they triggered an internal investigation.
Baltimore City police released a statement, saying: "The nature and the posting of wording in one of our transport vehicles is both concerning and unacceptable. We have recently become aware of the wording and have begun an internal investigation to determine all the circumstances surrounding its placement and to identify the person or persons responsible for its posting. This is an incident that is being taken very seriously."
The photos come as six officers are charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.
It was not immediately known who posted the sign or when, or how it went undetected by police officials until now.