Darryl De Sousa, Commissioner-Designate of the Baltimore Police Department, released a statement saying he has learned a leaked personnel memo that detailing complaints filed against his proposed deputy commissioner is false.
Just a day earlier, De Sousa in his first press conference, had mentioned that the department would be investigating his proposal for deputy commissioner, Thomas Casella, after a sustained equal employment opportunity complaint of racial bias had surfaced from his time on the force in 2006.
De Sousa had vowed to verify the document before deciding whether to move forward.
Read the full statement below:
The information contained in the personnel memo leaked to the news media last week in reference to Thomas Casella was incorrect.
There are no sustained complaints against him involving race, religion, sex, or any other type of discrimination.
What occurred to him was completely unfortunate and unfair. We are investigating how incorrect information was provided to me and how that information was publicly disseminated.
Darryl De Sousa