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Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner amid homicide rise

Baltimore police commissioner fired 2 1/2 months after riots linked to death of Freddie Gray

Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner amid homicide rise

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.


Updated : 2021-09-22 13:40 GMT+08:00