The Baltimore City Council is expected to vote overwhelmingly Monday night to confirm Darryl De Sousa as the city’s new police commissioner.
“He has widespread support on the council,” said Lester Davis, spokesman for City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “We anticipate he’ll be confirmed on Monday.”
De Sousa, 53, appeared before the council’s executive appointments committee last week and outlined his plan to reform the police department. Committee members voted 5-0 to send De Sousa’s nomination to the full council.
The vote Monday follows the federal racketeering convictions this month of two former members of the corrupt police Gun Trace Task Force. Six other members had already pleaded guilty.
The scandal loomed over the hearing last week. De Sousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, told council members watching the case unfold felt “like a Mike Tyson shot to the stomach.”
“It was probably the most awful thing I’ve seen here in my 30 years with the police department,” he said. “I would sincerely like to apologize for what they did to Baltimore, and I promise that this will not happen again.”
De Sousa said he planned to meet this week with the FBI to investigate allegations against other officers that emerged during the trial. He said the scandal will be used to develop a training curriculum for new officers. He has also said he will begin random polygraph testing and launch new units to expose corruption and to prevent overtime fraud.
De Sousa succeeds Commissioner Kevin Davis, who was fired last month by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh.
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