Law Enforcement

Baltimore Police commissioner Kevin Davis fired by Mayor Pugh, citing rising crime

Baltimore Police commissioner Kevin Davis fired by Mayor Pugh, citing rising crime

Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Baltimore’s top cop Friday, saying she had grown “impatient” with Commissioner Kevin Davis’ inability to stem the historic pace of killings in the city now stretching into a third year.

She named Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. De Sousa, the top commander in the Police Department’s patrol bureau, as Davis’ replacement, effective immediately, and said she would ask the City Council to make the appointment permanent.

“Crime is now spilling out all over the city, and we’ve got to focus,” Pugh said. “I am charging...

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