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Ministerial alliance says Batts should resign in wake of Freddie Gray case

President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore calls for resignation of Police Commiss

The president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore on Friday called for the resignation of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, saying the city's police department is "in disarray."

Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr., head of the coalition of Baltimore ministers, said Batts has shown a "lack of viable leadership capabilities," and said the alliance believes Batts should "tender his resignation immediately."

Gwynn held a news conference Friday morning at Friendship Baptist Church to discuss the Gray case. Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 in the area of Gilmor Homes, and died a week later after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody.

"We can no longer distinguish who is in charge of the police department's day-to-day operations," said Gwynn, who called Gray's death "untimely an unnecessary."

"It seems that no one in the police department can explain what happened," he said.

Gwynn also had criticism for Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 President Gene Ryan, who earlier this week issued a statement comparing the rhetoric of protests as sounding "much like a lynch mob."

Gwynn expressed "shock and dismay" at those comments, and said they warranted a written and public apology.

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