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Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Batts

July 08, 2015  | 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has replaced Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Rawlings-Blake "has decided to replace Anthony W. Batts as the Baltimore Police Commissioner," her office said in a short statement sent to The Baltimore Sun. "Effective immediately, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become Interim Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department."

Rawlings-Blake and Davis have scheduled a news conference for 4:15 p.m.

Davis, who has most recently served as deputy commissioner, has a long history in law enforcement. He previously served as police chief in Anne Arundel County and assistant police chief in Prince George's County.

Comments (7)

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kevCopAz @ 7/8/2015 1:42 PM

Well, one incompetent gone, now the Mayor has to quit then perhaps the DA and then we might have a few changes. I hope other city Chiefs look at this and see what backing they will get from the Libs & pols that hire them. Perhaps they will think twice and do the right thing when the time comes to make a decision about Law Enforcement and not let the pols make the decision based on politics. The Chief deserves this, he knew it was a powerless political job when he took it so now he gets his just reward. We NEED to go back to the times when the Police Chief had CIVIL SERVICE protection and was able to run their department based upon what was good for Law & Order and not politics. The pols hate that thought, the thought that they can't control their Chiefs like a puppet on a string and then cut the strings when the stuff hits the fan. Chief (in term) Davis, hope you have a 5 year no cut contract and or a good 401K, you could be the next fall guy when the next issues emerges.

Joe Dokes @ 7/8/2015 2:07 PM

It doesn't matter who's appointed Commisioner, the Mayor, City Council and city itself is a toilet.

Philip s @ 7/8/2015 2:09 PM

This is only a bandaid to what had taken place when demonstrators were allowed to vent.

Unfortunately, the Mayor and DA will continue in their assignments until voted out (if the Baltimore residents and business owners who live in Baltimore are smart).

Ron Martinelli @ 7/8/2015 3:05 PM

It's just a shame that she didn't also fire herself for her bias and lack of leadership.

James Barth @ 7/8/2015 8:01 PM

I see no reason to relieve Commissioner Batts of his job. Shame on the Mayor for her actions.

OTJ24YRS @ 7/9/2015 7:18 AM

From what little I know from the news someone should be handing her walking papers too.

Tone @ 7/10/2015 10:25 PM

Geeee's the mayor does her job and she still get's scrutinized? And why would she fire herself? She handled the situation responsibly and didn't show any political bias. She summons help as anyone should when you've run out of answers. I applaud the Mayor for at least doing something to rebuild the city of Baltimore. No one is ever satisfied.....

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