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Baltimore Commissioner Apologizes For '200 Years Of Policing' At Concert

Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa addressed the crowd at a hip-hop concert on Apr. 18.

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa took the stage at a hip-hop concert on Apr. 18 to apologize to the crowd for “all of the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” multiple videos showed.

The ill-received apology was given alongside Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, as the pair stood before the crowd at an Eric B. and Rakim show at the Baltimore Soundstage, The Washington Times reported.

A minister from the Nation of Islam also flanked the pair, the Baltimore Fishbowl reported.

The Nation of Islam is an SPLC designated hate group. The SPLC described the group saying, "Its theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate."

“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things the police have done dating back 200 years,” Commissioner De Sousa said, conjuring up boos and a smattering of applause from the concertgoers.

“Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000s when we had zero tolerance,” the commissioner went on to outline.

“I want to take the time to apologize for what policing did, and I promise you we’re going to make a change in the future,” he said.

Commissioner De Sousa’s words not only drew booing from most in attendance – they also drew the ire of law enforcement officers and their supporters.

On Friday, retired Baltimore Police Major Wesley Wise issued a statement through The Baltimore Sun, and slammed the commissioner for his words.

“Commissioner De Sousa had no need and, in fact, no right to ‘apologize’ for me or my 36 years of service to the department...and to the city I once loved,” Maj. Wise wrote in a scathing editorial. “Those remarks and that lame ‘apology’ are offensive, and as of this moment, I’m almost ashamed to be associated with what has become of my beloved police department.”

Maj. Wise argued that the had served the city with distinction, and that the commissioner’s remarks demeaned the years the major had devoted to Baltimore.

“Commissioner De Sousa has demeaned himself, which...he had every right to do, but he did not have the right to demean me, my contemporaries, or my department,” Maj. Wise wrote.

He then addressed the commissioner pointedly.

“Mr. De Sousa, you sir, and your remarks are a disgrace,” Maj. Wise wrote. “You should be apologizing to the Baltimore City Police Department, not for the department.”

In an Apr. 19 statement, Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police President Gene Ryan said that he agreed that some past policing strategies had been unacceptable, to include zero tolerance, but that the commissioner's apology had gone too far.

“I’m not sure that a blanket apology covering 200 years is appropriate,” Ryan said. “Law enforcement was created to protect and serve the citizenry despite race and that is what we strive to do, daily.”

You can watch footage of Commissioner De Sousa's concert appearance in the video below:

@ACRScout
I dont believe anyone protested the second amendment. Also, protesting is very American. Not sure where you got unAmerican from

I was in the Military also, and I am also a retired LEO. To say the Military is so superior to policing its own compared to the Police is a complete misrepresentation of Law Enforcement and a trip to LaLa Land. All large bureaucracies have problems from time to time, usually due to bad and corrupt leadership. In all the organizations I worked in, Power tends to corrupt, Absolute Power, corrupts absolutely. Guess who said that? And apologizing for the last two hundred years is just a show. You only apologize for things you had control over.

Protesting the Bill Of Rights is unamerican.

Again, you have no idea what goes on behind closed doors at a police department. Officers are held accountable but we are not and never should be disciplined by the court of public opinion. The biggest problem with people like you is your ignorance of the laws that govern police officers. As far as fitness for duty is concerned most police departments have weight standards and physical fitness requirements. There are overweight cops and they reflect badly on the profession. However, most of the police officers I see on the road now are fit and well within their weight standards.

I said I track your cycle because it is always best to know when you are arguing with a girl like you. And it was a joke, dickhead. Get over yourself. And you're still a mooching fuck.

@John-Brown
😂 so in general, you're afraid of women on their cycle? I didn't know that was a thing anymore. It's like you walked right out of an 80s sitcom.

And whoops, looks like i touched a nerve! What was it? Me saying your "serving your community" for 25 years is what you're supposed to do?

Women on their period being emotional is from the 80's? Wow you are out of touch with women and your own femininity. The only chord you strike with me is the stupidity chord. Get over yourself. You are just entertainment, you mooch.

@John-Brown
I am very entertaining, it's part of my job. And i know you're fresh out of comments, because you're just repeating yourself now and using "i know you are but what am i?"

You don't socialize too much outside your own house, do you?

Whatever, mooch.

Lowest common denominator = stolen valor

@John-Brown
"whatever"
Yikes, sounds like I'm hitting kinda close to home.

You're not hitting anything. "Whatever" is synonymous with who cares or your full of shit. Take your pick. And "Yikes"? Who the fuck uses yikes anymore, except children?

Congratulations, you just weakened your department and increased contempt for your officers by allowing yourself to be sucked into a concession that will only serve further to emasculate your already broken agency. You still will not have the support of that community and now you will have more derision than you can ever imagine. You have been duped by the political machine. Whoops.

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How the officers of the BPD get up every day and still do their job is hard for me to imagine. But then again, they show their true allegiance to their community and each other, even with zero support from their department. They should be commended for that.

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@John-Brown
I suppose i would be considered a child to you. I'd imagine you're pushing what... 75,80?

This IS what happens when LIBERALS obtain positions of power.....wherever it is. We must get rid of LIBERALISM in America before it destroys our country. GO TRUMP!

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You really don't know much about history either do you. Lets add that to the rest of things you have little knowledge of.

Stop trying to impersonate a sailor. The only thing you know about the military is what you read online. Which by the way I'm surprised you even read about it. Oh wait, you wanted to seem like somebody that actually did something. What a schmuck.

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