BPD Commissioner Anthony Batts was abruptly fired Wednesday by the Baltimore City Mayor. This took place hours after the city’s police union criticized the BPD response to the rioting in April. Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced the decision minutes before Commissioner Batts was to hold a press conference.
Before his release this is what the Mayor had to say, “But as we have seen in recent weeks, too many continue to die on our streets, including three last night and one lost earlier today. Families are tired of feeling this pain, and so am I,” she said. The Mayor did praise Mr. Batts for putting more police on the street and modernizing the department.
According to the police, there has been an increase of 48%, 42 homicides in May making it the deadliest month in Baltimore since 1972 (see article), and nonfatal shootings were up by 86%.
Former Commissioner Batts couldn’t be reached for comments. Under the terms of his contract, the former commissioner is entitled to $190,000 in severance pay which is equal to his starting salary as commissioner. The mayor has named Kevin Davis as interim commissioner.