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.