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Police commissioner defends patrol strategy amid violence
Police commissioner defends patrol strategy amid violence

Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts on Tuesday defended his patrol strategy amid record violence while also saying all prisoner transport drivers have been retrained to prevent injuries in the wake of Freddie Gray's death. The commissioner spoke to City Council members during a Public Safety Committee hearing, at which he acknowledged dramatic increases to the city's homicide and nonfatal shooting counts. He said commanders are addressing holes in coverage stemming in part from a new deployment schedule. "We anticipated a year of growth, a year of evolution," he said. "We had some hiccups at the midnight shift when we should have had more officers...

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