Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Amid Homicide Rise

The Baltimore mayor fired the troubled city's police commissioner Wednesday, saying that a recent spike in homicides weeks after an unarmed black man died of injuries in police custody required a change in leadership. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked Police Commissioner Anthony Batts for his service — and praised the job he had done — but said growing criticism of his leadership had become a "distraction" that was preventing the city from moving ahead. Rawlings-Blake said that Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who has only been with the department since January, will serve as interim commissioner.