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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.”

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