Sun coverage: Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fires Commissioner Anthony Batts
Jul 09, 2015 | 5:47 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said July 8 that she has replaced Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said July 8 that she has replaced Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, citing "utmost urgency" to stop a recent surge in violence. Get complete coverage and updates on the former, acting and future Baltimore Police Commisioners here.
As a newcomer to the Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts distanced himself from the problems while vowing to correct them. "I didn't break it, but I'm here to fix it," he was wont to say.
The rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray was "preventable," but the police response was hindered by a leadership that was concerned with image over safety, the city police union charged in a report released Wednesday.