Baltimore’s newly appointed police commissioner is the eighth person to hold the job since 2000.
Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Friday that she was replacing Kevin Davis with Darryl De Sousa as the city’s top cop, saying a change of leadership was necessary after last year ended with a record homicide rate.
Then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Davis interim commissioner in July 2015, following the rioting and unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray that led to his predecessor’s firing. He was given the permanent position in September 2015.
Davis’ short tenure is not uncommon in a city long plagued by violence.
“There is some tendency to treat crime...