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Sun coverage: Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fires Commissioner Anthony 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.

  • Timeline: Anthony W. Batts' career

    Timeline: Anthony W. Batts' career

    Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts came to Baltimore in 2012 pledging reform, and during his nearly three years with the department, there was hardly an issue that arose that he didn't meet with an advisory panel or outside experts. On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired...

  • Coalition that called for Batts' resignation hopeful about new commissioner

    Coalition that called for Batts' resignation hopeful about new commissioner

    Leaders of a community coalition that called for the resignation of Anthony Batts say the city has an opportunity for a fresh start after the police commissioner's firing. Before Wednesday, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development members had never before called for a police commissioner's...

  • Police Commissioner Batts was fired amid riot review at Hilton

    Police Commissioner Batts was fired amid riot review at Hilton

    Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was pulled out of an all-day review at the Hilton hotel of the riot response to receive word of his firing. "We were finishing up, around 3 o'clock, and he asked me to see him outside," said Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police...

  • Police Commissioner Batts sought reform, but results were mixed

    Police Commissioner Batts sought reform, but results were mixed

    Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts came to Baltimore in 2012 pledging reform, and during his nearly three years with the department, there was hardly an issue that arose that he didn't meet with an advisory panel or outside experts. When suspects died in police custody, he commissioned outside...

  • Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

    Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts Wednesday, saying his presence had become a distraction in a city that needs to focus on ending a dramatic spike in homicides. "Too many continue to die on our streets, including three just last night and one lost earlier...

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