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Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa resigns

WBAL TV Baltimore logo WBAL TV Baltimore 5/15/2018
Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa

Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa resigned Tuesday.

The 11 News I-Team received a message minutes before noon from Mayor Catherine Pugh saying that she has accepted his resignation.

The mayor's office released a statement, saying, "Today, I received the resignation of Darryl De Sousa as Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department and have accepted it. I have initiated a national search to identify the new Commissioner. In the meantime, Gary Tuggle will serve as Interim-Commissioner.

"I want to reassure all Baltimoreans that this development in no way alters our strategic efforts to reduce crime by addressing its root causes in our most neglected neighborhoods. This broad-based, grassroots approach - underpinned by the utilization of new crime-fighting technology - is working and will continue to be effective as indicated by the downward trend in violence. The Baltimore Police command staff is fully committed to bringing about the reforms to the practices and culture of the department that we are implementing and which are vital to ensuring the trust and confidence of all our citizens.

"As mayor, I will not let up in pursuing my top priority of making our City safe and our neighborhoods worthy of the lives of all residents."

On Friday, Pugh suspended De Sousa, who was federally charged with failing to file his tax returns. Prosecutors charged De Sousa with failing to file federal income taxes for three years.

De Sousa willfully failed to file a federal return for tax years 2013, 2014, and 2015, despite having been a salaried employee of the Baltimore Police Department in each of those years, officials said.

De Sousa faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $25,000 fine for each of the three counts.

De Sousa was sworn into office on Feb. 28. At the swearing in ceremony, De Sousa talked about accountability. Pugh appointed De Sousa after firing Kevin Davis, who she said wasn't reducing violence quickly enough. The Baltimore City Council overwhelmingly confirmed De Sousa as police commissioner.

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