Baltimore Mayor Fires Commissioner Davis, Blames Him For Murder Rate

Mayor Catherine Pugh blames Commissioner Kevin Davis for Baltimore's extreme murder rate.

Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davison Friday after a large spike in murders in the city.

Commissioner Davis will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the department.

Over 1,000 people were shot in Baltimore in 2017, with 343 homicides.

The city of Baltimore broke its previous record despite the state of Maryland having an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and a handgun purchaser fingerprint requirement.

Some police critics blamed the fallout from the Freddie Gray riots for the increase in murders in the city, and said police aren’t actively enforcing the laws the way they did before rioters burned parts of the city in the wake of Gray’s death in police custody.

"The conventional wisdom, or widely agreed upon speculation, suggests that the great increase in murders is happening partly because the police have withdrawn from aggressively addressing crime in the city's many poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods," said Donald Norris, professor emeritus of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, told ABC News.

However, the Baltimore police department should be staffed by 3,000 officers, and is operating on only 2,100. The city seems unable to find qualified people who want to be a cop in Baltimore.

With a staffing shortage being driven by an anti-police, soft on crime political climate, and a state's attorney who seems incapable of successfully prosecuting anybody who doesn't take a plea deal, Commissioner DeSousa may not last long before he's also replaced.

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lds719
lds719

The Baltimore City Police are already on an unofficial work slowdown. There is little proactive policing going on in the city. Traffic stops are down. Police initiated encounters are down. Arrests are down. This new police commisioner is not going to change the reality for police officers on the street because his is only going to try to kiss up to the mayor. One of the dumbest decisions of the past was to give the mayor the power to choose the police commissioner. That authority used to rest with the governor because Baltimore has been known for being corrupt for decades.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I'm surprised they have so many officers left. Blame the cops for everything, doing their job, arresting criminals then tossing out the complaints for them to do it again. Let the 'citizens" kill each other off..................problems solved.

Markdeegan
Markdeegan

Sick Liberal Mess

Catcat
Catcat

Sure fire the commissioner and then fire yourself for not giving the support they need

DarrellB
DarrellB

....and exactly where was he supposed to find this magical support? From the "let them riot"city attorney that told the public the officers were guilty before an investigation? The mayor with a history of throwing officers into the fire off public opinion told her to? Maybe from the murdering hordes that didn't vote.
What exactly was he to find to protect from the lunch mob mentality of Baltimore public and leadership?

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