Baltimore Police Commissioner speaks at City Hall meeting (Screengrab AP news video)
BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the Baltimore City Council’s vote to keep interim police commissioner Kevin Davis permanently (all times local):
Baltimore’s City Council has approved the nomination of interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to the city’s top law enforcement job.
The Council voted Monday evening to appoint Davis to the post permanently. Two Council members voted ‘no.’
Davis has the remaining five years of Anthony Batts’ six-year contract. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Batts in July after homicides spiked following the death of Freddie Gray, who was severely injured while in police custody.
The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by the mayor, is to set the terms of Davis’ contract. The mayor wants to pay him $200,000 annually through June 2020.
After Davis appeared last week before the Council’s executive appointments committee, activists staged a sit-in at City Hall that led to 16 arrests on trespassing charges.
A group of activists gathered Monday outside of City Hall in protest of the likely confirmation of Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis by the city council, scheduled to vote at 5 p.m.
Makayla Gilliam-Price, a high school student and founding member of City Bloc who was arrested after a City Hall sit-in last week, said she and other activists met with Davis on Sunday to discuss a list of demands that includes guidelines for how protesters are treated by police.
Gilliam-Price said Davis agreed “whole-heartedly and unflinchingly” to the demands on Sunday, and that Monday’s gathering was supposed to be a celebration of that. But Gilliam-Price said the group was disappointed that Davis issued a statement that stopped short of acknowledging that commitment.
She and others gathered outside of City Hall to send a message, she said, that the group is “well aware of his neglect” and “will continue to put pressure on him while he’s commissioner.”
Adam Jackson from Leaders for a Beautiful Struggle said some members of that group were ready to occupy City Hall again.