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Baltimore’s new police leader involved in shootings in 1995

January 28, 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) — The appointment of a veteran commander to the Baltimore Police Department’s top post has revived questions about deadly shootings he was involved in 23 years ago.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Darryl DeSousa was cleared of any wrongdoing in the 1995 officer-related shootings, which included the death of an 18-year-old bystander killed by a ricocheted bullet.

Mayor Catherine Pugh says the 1995 shootings were “completely vetted.” She chose DeSousa as police commissioner in recent days.

City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young has no plans to ask about the shootings at DeSousa’s confirmation hearing, saying he’s confident they were “justifiable.”

DeSousa says he’s willing to answer any fresh questions.

He tells the newspaper he regularly thinks and prays about the 1995 shootings, particularly the one that killed the teenage bystander.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com