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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Batts opens up about being fired as Baltimore police commissioner

Anthony Batts, the former Baltimore police commissioner, addressed his public firing from the agency at a Mount St. Mary’s University event on social justice Wednesday evening.

“On July 8, I was fired for the first time in my life from a job I took as police commissioner,” Batts told a packed auditorium that included students, faculty and members of the public.

“Now, it’s one thing to be fired ... and the embarrassment that comes along with that. It’s another thing to be fired and [to have] more people know about it. It’s another thing to be fired and be known internationally.”

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Batts, who had served as the agency’s head since 2012, after a recent spike in homicides in the city and the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was fatally injured while in the custody of Baltimore police.

“Now what happened to me is the crime rate went up, and I lost my job,” Batts said.



Anonymous said...

Weakness thugs like that. Keep it up baltimore. Cummings you POS. Hopefully IRAN doesnt have baltimore set as ground zero you suck up.

Anonymous said...

Cummings is a waste of flesh and so is Blake and Mosby. The city has lost half of its population in six years. From over 1.4 million to 620,000. I bet you cant guess who left. Well maybe you can. White people saw the slow roll of Black waste heading their way. As a buddy of mine said they moved to Delaware from Baltimore. It was a cancer that could not be cured. He was soooo right.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he didn't do that interview pictured in that uniform.

Anonymous said...

He could probably affect more change as a *former* police commissioner given the proper resources and forums. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

"As a buddy of mine said they moved to Delaware from Baltimore"

I think your buddy is correct. A friend who lived in a suburb of Baltimore recently moved to a retirement community in another county surrounding Baltimore. She was talking with the movers she hired, who came recommended by some residents of the retirement community. She asked them if they move a lot of people there and they said yes, but not as many as they are moving to Delaware.