Anthony Batts

On Wednesday, former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was part of a panel at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg where he claimed that Baltimore Police officers “took a knee” in order to get him fired, a shocking claim that would in part explain the crime rate going up. “Is this going to be the tactic, where police don't feel supported, so they allow the crime rate to go up, and the reformers lose their job?” Batts asked. His candor about the alleged police slowdown following the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprising is admirable and it will be interesting to see what else Batts reveals as he makes the post-firing rounds.
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