At 12:37 a.m. Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, a group with 40 member congregations, schedules a Thursday news conference where they said they would call on Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts to resign.
"At a time of an unprecedented level of violence in Baltimore, Commissioner Batts clearly does not have a visible plan to stop the violence," the group says in a news release. "BUILD has met with Commissioner Batts twice since the unrest in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. Both times, he committed to publicly announce his plan to address the crisis of violence plaguing Baltimore. He has failed. If he has a plan, it clearly is not working."
10:30 a.m. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, which represents more than 2,500 sworn officers, releases a report saying that the rioting following the death of Freddie Gray was "preventable," with the police response hindered by leadership that was concerned with image over safety.
Union President Gene Ryan says at a news conference, "Officers characterized the Baltimore Police Department's leadership during the riots as unprepared, politically motivated, uncaring and confusing."
12:16 p.m. Batts schedules a 4 p.m. news conference to discuss the Police Executive Research Forum's forthcoming review of the Police Department's response to unrest. The news conference was not held.
12:45 p.m. Mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris responds to the FOP report, saying in a news release, "It is disappointing that the FOP continues to issue baseless and false information instead of working with us to find solutions that will protect our officers. ... This is not a time for finger pointing and politics. The public and our officers need solutions based on all of the facts. The FOP declined to wait and gather all of the information before rushing to conclusions which is a disservice to our officers who acted so courageously during the unrest."
He says the city's review of events surrounding the riots "will be extensive, independent and consist of all of the facts."
The statement does not mention Batts specifically.
3:45 p.m. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issues a news release announcing that she has "decided to replace" Batts. "Effective immediately, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become Interim Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department," the statement says.
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4:15 p.m. Mayor holds a news conference to talk about her decision. She says, "We cannot grow Baltimore without making our city a safer place to live. We need a change. This was not an easy decision, but it is one that is in the best interest of the people of Baltimore. The people of Baltimore deserve better."