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Firing commissioner won't save the city

Members of The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board are acting like a bunch of Monday morning quarterbacks as evidenced in their editorial, “Getting impatient” (Jan. 21). Over the past year and one half, I cannot recall reading one word in The Sun whereby the editors demanded that Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis be fired. But now all of a sudden, they declare that it is about time Mayor Catherine Pugh made the move.

Furthermore, I do not remember hearing either Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young or City Councilman Brandon Scott calling for the firing of Mr. Davis. To my recollection, many of the articles showcased measures being put into place by city officials to get a handle on the crisis. Remember the daily morning meetings conducted by Mayor Pugh, Mr. Davis, business leaders, and others to map out strategy for the day? And were we fed a note of optimism that over time the things they were putting into place would lead to changes for the better?

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What has been the result? More crime and more suffering endured by the citizens of Baltimore City. The truth is had Mayor Pugh chosen Superman or Wonder Woman, instead of Darryl De Sousa to serve as police commissioner, we would still not be witnessing improvement — not until we have politicians who are willing to tell the truth.Thanks to the career politicians in control of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Police Department is at least 1,000 police officers short of where they need to be in order to effectively protect the citizens of this city.

Commissioner De Sousa’s commitment to deploy police officers in the dangerous areas amounts to “hogwash rhetoric.” Unfortunately, we will continue to hear of shootings taking place every day and night because Mayor Pugh and Gov. Larry Hogan do not have the guts to call out the National Guard to clear the streets of the criminals who now have seized control of Baltimore.

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Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

The writer is a Democratic candidate for governor.

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