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it's been a rough year for baltimore and now the city's embattled police commissioner has been fired anthony batts was sharply criticized for his handling of writing triggered by the death of freddie gray young black man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody bats and other police commanders told officers to hold the line with writers rather than confront people causing damage or threatening police , about a hundred sixty officers were hurt in the writing almost four hundred buildings were destroyed or damaged and the national guard was sent in to restore order axes also had to answer for subsequent surgeon homicides in the city this year he says they're result of ransacked pharmacies and turf wars over newly looted drugs , mayor stephanie rawlings blake said in a brief statement that she was replacing bats as head of the twenty five hundred officer department deputy commissioner kevin davis will step in as interim head of the police