Baltimore is handing over a city broken by the Freddie Gray riots and ongoing violence to its new police commissioner Kevin Davis.
Baltimore’s City Council voted Monday to confirm Davis as the permanent police commissioner, The Baltimore Sun reports. Davis has previously served as the interim commissioner after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Anthony Batts in July amid a spike in homicides.
“We need stability in the Police Department,” City Councilman Brandon Scott told The Baltimore Sun. “We cannot have a temporary captain of the ship with all the violence in the city and the trials [in the Freddie Gray case] coming up. … I have confidence that the comissioner will do a better job of working with everyone to get the crime rate down.”
Baltimore saw 45 homicides in July of this year, an all-time record. The city is seeing a spike in violence since the Freddie Gray riots in late April that led to fires and looting all over the city.
The continued turmoil in the city was evident as protesters yelled about police brutality outside the council meeting where Davis, who is white, was approved by a vote of 12-2.
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