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Mayor Fires Baltimore Police Commissioner

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After a series of violent months and scathing police union accusations, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will replace him as interim commissioner.

Batts led the department during the death of Freddie Gray and the following riots that have brought the entire department under fire.

The decision comes the same day that a Baltimore police union released a report rife with accusation calling into question Batts’ ability to lead. The union accused Batts of caring more about politics and media appearances than the safety of citizens and officers.

“The predominant characterizations of Baltimore Police Department leadership during the riots by officers surveyed were that they seemed unprepared, politically motivated, uncaring and confused,” the union’s report states. “The unrest and riots that occurred in Baltimore were preventable. The injuries suffered by more than 200 police officers, both those from within the Baltimore Police Department and outside agencies, could have been avoided or at least minimized. The injuries sustained by civilians who were assaulted, as well as the destruction of private and public property, also could have been avoided…”

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