(BALTIMORE) — Changes are coming at the top of the Baltimore Police Department, after the city’s mayor fired the police commissioner on Wednesday.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked Anthony Batts for his service, but said the streets of Baltimore continue to be too dangerous.
“I have said time and time again that a goal of my administration is to grow Baltimore by 10-thousand families over the next decade. We cannot grow Baltimore without making our city a safer place to live,” she said.
At the height of the unrest that followed the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, Commissioner Batts was put to the test. Baltimore’s police union criticized Batts, saying his passive stance put officers in danger. The city’s crime rate has soared in the months since the unrest.
Rawlings-Blake named deputy commissioner Kevin Davis as interim leader, who told reporters during a news conference on Wednesday he has two main goals.
“My focuses for the future are really pretty simple. It’s all about the crime fight and it’s all about the relationship with our community,” Davis said.
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