Anthony Batts is out as Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department. At a press conference at City Hall Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Batts’ role in the top job was becoming a distraction from Baltimore’s efforts to curb the murder rate.
Tag: anthony batts
As far as I understand it, being a police commissioner generally involves more meetings and reports than it does car chases and dramatic takedowns. (Granted, most of my knowledge comes from repeated viewings of police procedurals, so take it with a grain of salt.) But Anthony W. Batts has clearly decided to put the “mission” back in “police commissioner.” Seriously, this guy just can’t stop pulling stunts.
Earlier this summer, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts noted that car thefts were up 4 percent in the city, even as other crimes seem to be on the decline. But Batts was quick to note that half of all cars stolen in the city were left running with their keys in the ignition–which is basically an invitation to having your car stolen.
On Friday, the Baltimore Police nabbed a man who attempted to pimp out his wife to an undercover cop for $100 at a BWI-area hotel. The twist: the husband-pimp, Lamin Manneh, is himself a Baltimore City cop in the Eastern District. That same week, a Baltimore cop killed his girlfriend, held a toddler hostage, and engaged in a standoff with the SWAT team. And a woman claiming that four Baltimore police officers assaulted her when she tried to film them with her cell phone camera (because they were allegedly assaulting a juvenile suspect) recently filed a million-dollar suit against the officers and department last month. All of which begs the question: What is going on with the Baltimore City Police?