They read him the riot act. Anthony Batts was fired following a critical report from the city’s police union over his department’s response to major rioting in April following the death of Freddie Gray. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings said his removal was not solely because of the union report but rather was tied to rising homicide rates in the. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Daivs will serve as interim commissioner. He has served in the state for more than 20 years while Batts was more of a relative newcomer have transferred from Oakland in 2012.