Anthony Batts

Best Fall Guy: Anthony Batts

Baltimore’s most professionally distinguished police commissioner in many years—his Ph.D. gleaming like his spit-shined shoes—inherited a department with stark divisions and deep troubles, from regular and ongoing brutality cases to curious losses of evidence and the sense, in many communities, that the police do not have public safety front of their minds as they patrol. Batts commissioned a “Strategic Plan for Improvement” and tried to reform the department through many academically approved “best practices” (training was revamped and the command structure reorganized), but Baltimore City’s culture is famously resistant to that sort of thing....