Police Beard Ban Sees Gray Hairs
It's been a long tradition for U.S. Police Officers to be clean shaven at all times. The argument for it includes camaraderie, professionalism, and ability to wear a gas mask. But the most recent case could cost Maryland $22.5 million.
Andy Marso - Fox News
Still, no-beard policies persist across the nation, cops continue to clash with their agencies in increasingly expensive legal battles and Maryland is the latest to have a new case on the table.
Former Baltimore police officer Anthony L. Brown filed a lawsuit on Jan. 14 in the U.S. District Court of the District of Maryland Baltimore Division. Amended on Jan. 28 to include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the suit includes nine counts that add up to $22.5 million.
It claims that despite a letter from his doctor seeking to be excused from an order to shave for President Obama's visit on Jan. 17, 2009, Brown, 51, two superior officers handed him a disposable razor and a small container of shaving cream and ordered him to shave at roll call in front of his colleagues without water or a mirror.
Brown says he was humiliated, and suffered "tremendous physical pain, discomfort and disfigurement."