BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, 2 1/2 months after the city broke out into riots following the death of a man who was injured in police custody.
The mayor did not give a reason, but the move comes amid a spike in the city's homicide rate.
Baltimore was rocked with civil unrest in late April after black resident Freddie Gray died one week after suffering a critical spinal injury in police custody. Six police officers have been criminally charged in his death.
Since the rioting stopped, the city has seen a sharp increase in violence, with 155 homicides this year, a 48 percent increase over the same period last year.
The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a civil rights review of the department, and Batts has been criticized by the Baltimore police union.