BPD, new commissioner face challenges

City leaders, residents weigh in on issues
Posted at 11:29 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 23:29:58-05

After just five days on the job, Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa has been working overtime.  He's faced issue after an issue from changes in command, to the start of a critical corruption trial.  Now, all eyes are on the department.

The latest scandal, the indictment of a Baltimore officer accused evidence planting.  City leaders and residents say they hope the department's issues will go away.

RELATED: BPD officer indicted for turning off body camera, tampering with evidence

Last week's news shocked the city after Mayor Pugh ousts Kevin Davis for De Sousa, a 30-year veteran.

"I think this new commissioner is going to do the same thing Davis was trying to do is get rid of these officers who are doing bad things," Jack Young, Baltimore City Council president, told ABC2.

Bad things like corruption, extortion, and abuse of power allegations within the department; that trial, involving two Baltimore officers, started Tuesday. Another blow to an already delicate department.

ALSO RELATED: Police corruption trial to resume Thursday

"Some of the street guys used to say that PD has these officers who were robbing them and I didn't believe it but look what's happening now, we've got officers indicted," Young said.

"To tell you the truth, I don't really think it's going to make a real difference whoever they put in there I think it's still going to be the same thing," said resident Daniel Cooper.

Also this week, two of BPD's top brass, responsible for the consent decree, stepped down.  The department saying De Sousa will soon lay out a new organizational structure and command staff of the department. The public on board with whatever changes will be best for the city. 

ALSO RELATED: Two top Baltimore Police officials resign following Commissioner's termination

"He knows what needs to be done.  He knows what he has to do, the mayor knows what she has to do, it's just get it done," resident Karen Dickson said.

But it will take some time for the new commissioner to do that.

"Right now crime is still not being reduced. I want to give this new commissioner an opportunity to put his mark on this department," said Young.

"It's going to be a long time before we see a real change in crime," Cooper said.

The Baltimore Police corruption trial resumes Thursday.