Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore’s mayor, has released Police Commissioner Anthony Bates from duty. The mayor said in a statement to the media that Bates has put too much focus on the politics of the department rather than focusing on the real issues of crime and decreasing the number of violent occurrences in the city. Due to the inflation in crime, the Baltimore police commissioner has been fired as of Wednesday, July 8, leaving a record of an increase of over 48 percent of homicides within the city since last year.
Infamous for high crime rates, Baltimore’s homicide rate has increased exponentially since 2014. With a 48 percent increase, Mayor Rawlings-Blake has replaced the former commissioner with Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Davis says that he plans on putting his focus on bringing those people responsible for the violence into custody and cutting down the city’s crime rate. He admits that this is a time to refocus and regroup the city’s attention to what really matters; the safety of the citizens.
Much of the rise in crime is due to the outlandish death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. The young man was killed while in police custody in the back of a transit van earlier this year. Gray’s death sparked a plethora of protests and agitated assaults between select protestors and police officers. Mayor Rawlings-Blake had hoped that former Police Commissioner Bates could have handled the escalated issues since Gray’s unfortunate death, however, her patience has run out, causing her to fire the Baltimore police commissioner, with a record of over a 48 percent increase in homicides this year still to be faced.
By Danyol Jaye
NBC News- Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner As Murders Rise
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