Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

City sees rise in homicide rate since Freddie Gray's death.

Published July 8, 2015

The city of Baltimore has fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will find a replacement for him, amid the rising homicide rates in the city following the shooting death of Freddie Gray in April. The city has seen 155 homicides this year, according to the Associated Press.

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis is now serving as the interim police commissioner. 

A coalition of faith-based groups called Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) planned to formally call for Batts to step down at a news conference on Thursday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

"At a time of an unprecedented level of violence in Baltimore, Commissioner Batts clearly does not have a visible plan to stop the violence," the group said in a statement.

Rawlings-Blake appointed Batts in September 2012. 

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