Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Breaks Silence

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts gave his first interview since being fired from his position to CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues Wednesday evening.

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Baltimore riots after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who died while in police custody. Batts was fired and had maintained his silence until speaking with Pegues.

“I’m telling you that the mayor never told me or gave me an order to stand down,” Batts said in the interview, according to a press release sent to EBONY. “I never heard her any given point in time give anybody an order to stand down. I never told anybody to stand down.”

Click here for the full interview.

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