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Batts pays for mayor's failings

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has been fired his performance during the riots ("Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts," July 10).

Yet anyone with half a brain knows the stand-down order came from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. She is just one more on a long line of self-serving Baltimore mayors looking to cover their own butts when the pressure is on.

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Remember when former mayor Martin O'Malley put police chief Ed Norris on the chopping block when it was discovered the department had its own little slush fund?

And speaking of self-serving mayors, it's been reported that former mayor Sheila Dixon intends to run against Ms. Rawlings-Blake in next year's mayoral race. That's just great. Now residents will have a choice between an incumbent mayor who will look right into the camera and lie to them, and a former mayor who's a convicted liar.

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What a joke on the citizens of Baltimore City. One day residents will start voting with their heads and get some real leadership for their city.

Mark Wilson, Fallston

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