Every few years — usually when violent crime is rising — the mayor of Baltimore fires the police commissioner.
Martin O’Malley did it in 2004, using a SWAT team to oust Kevin Clark. Sheila Dixon fired Leonard Hamm amid a crime wave in 2007. And, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake axed Anthony Batts after the riot of 2015.
Now Mayor Catherine Pugh has made the familiar move, firing Police Commissioner Kevin Davis after a third consecutive year of more than 300 homicides, which raises a familiar question: Will this time make a difference?
Baltimore suffered 343 homicides in 2017 — the second most in a single year, and the most per capita in city history. More than 1,000 people...
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said regarding the shooting in Cherry Hill on Friday that, "... this level of violence in this community ... has to end." File Photo