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Baltimore police commissioner served in California, dealt with Oakland unrest

Baltimore police commissioner served in California, dealt with Oakland unrest

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who struggled Monday to stop rioting in the city, spent most of his law enforcement career in California, confronting unrest during a rocky two-year tenure in Oakland. Batts presided over street upheaval twice in 2010, when a regional transit police officer was convicted of manslaughter – not murder – in the shooting death of an unarmed black man at Oakland’s Fruitvale Station, and when he was sentenced. He also served 27 years on the Long Beach Police Department, rising to chief in 2002. LIVE UPDATES: Riots erupt in Baltimore In an interview looking back on his brief Oakland career, he commended his handling of the...

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