The president of the police union in suburban Montgomery County, Md., says his members are angry about Police Chief Charles A. Moose’s plans for a book and movie about his role in the sniper manhunt, and outraged at a comparison of his effort to great civil rights struggles. Moose’s wife this compared him to Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. The Washington Post reports that Walter E. Bader, president of the Fraternal Order of Police’s Montgomery County lodge, said he has received calls and e-mails from officers who found the remark “disgusting.” The Post says that many county officials fear that Moose will quit.
The chief has said he will fight the county in court to obtain a book deal worth more than $170,000 and a separate movie deal. He now has a constitutional law specialist helping to represent him. Jamin B. Raskin of The American University law school believes the dispute has the makings of “a major First Amendment case.”