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Former Baltimore Police Commissioners Speaks Discusses Tenure During Panel

September 7th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says the police department failed to improve public trust under his leadership. Batts discussed his tenure and July firing during a panel Wednesday evening at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg. The Frederick News-Post reports Batts told the crowd other crime metrics were improving last year, but he believes the department didn't pay attention to "warning signs" in its relationship with the public. Batt was fired as the city saw a major increase in violent crime following Freddie Gray's death in April from a broken neck he suffered in police custody. Six officers have been charged in his death, which led to widespread protests and some rioting. In some of his more controversial comments, Batts said he believed his officer- to use a football phrase- “took a knee”- during the riots and were not proactive…


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