Bal­ti­more mayor fires top cop months af­ter ri­ots

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

Bal­ti­more — Bal­ti­more Mayor Stephanie Rawl­ingsBlake has fired Po­lice Com­mis­sioner An­thony Batts. Rawl­ings-Blake an­nounced the fir­ing in a news re­lease Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. She said Deputy Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Kevin Davis will be­come in­terim com­mis­sioner. Rawl­ings did not give a rea­son, but the move comes amid a spike in the city’s homi­cide rate. Bal­ti­more was rocked with civil un­rest in April af­ter black res­i­dent Fred­die Gray died one week af­ter suf­fer­ing a crit­i­cal spinal in­jury in po­lice cus­tody. Six po­lice of­fi­cers have been crim­i­nally charged in Gray’s death. Since the ri­ot­ing stopped, the city has seen a sharp in­crease in vi­o­lence, with 155 homi­cides this year, a 48 per cent in­crease over the same pe­riod last year.

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