BALTIMORE (AP) REPORTS:
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, 2 1/2 months after the city broke out into riots following the death of a man who was injured in police custody.
Rawlings-Blake announced her decision in a three-paragraph news release that also noted she has named Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis as interim commissioner.
The mayor scheduled a news conference with Davis for later Wednesday afternoon.
Rawlings did not give a reason, but the move comes amid a spike in the city’s homicide rate.
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