Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner

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  1. Bro. Curtis

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    Sorry for the FOXNEWS link...….but


    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/07/08/baltimore-mayor-fires-police-commissioner/?intcmp=latestnews


    BALTIMORE – The Baltimore mayor fired the troubled city's police commissioner Wednesday, saying that a recent spike in homicides weeks after an unarmed black man died of injuries in police custody required a change in leadership.

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake THANKED Police Commissioner Anthony Batts for his service — and praised the job he had done — but said growing criticism of his leadership had become a "distraction" that was preventing the city from moving ahead.

    Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who has only been with the department since January, will serve as interim commissioner, Rawlings-Blake said.

    "We need a change," the mayor told a news conference, which was attended by Davis by her side. "This was not an easy decision but it is one that is in the best interest of Baltimore. The people of Baltimore deserve better and we're going to get better."

    The firing comes 2 1/2 months after the city broke out into riots following the death of Freddie Gray, who died in April of injuries he received in police custody. Six police officers have been criminally charged in Gray's death.

    After the violence, arrests in the city plummeted and homicides spiked. On Tuesday night, gunmen jumped out of two vans and fired at a group of people a few blocks from an urban UNIVERSITY campus, killing three people. A fourth person sought treatment for a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was in stable condition.

    Police said Wednesday that the shooting wasn't random, but no arrests have been made.

    "As we have seen in recent weeks, too many CONTINUE to die on our streets, including three just last night and one earlier today," Rawlings-Blake said. Referring to Batts, she said that "recent events proved that his being here was a distraction."….
     
  2. righteousdude2

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    Can we all say, "Scapegoat?" And he was one of the top three black leaders running Baltimore.
     
  3. Revmitchell

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    I saw the press conference. During it the "Mayor", and I use that term loosely, said that the problem recently has been that everyone was focused on leadership and not the streets of Baltimore.

    This she said while firing the Police Commissioner, in other words leadership.:BangHead:
     
  4. carpro

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    Is this the same mayor that ordered Baltimore PD to stand down and let the rioters have their way?
     

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