The BUILD strategy team voted unanimously to call for Commissioner Batts’ resignation, an action not taken lightly. Following the uprising, BUILD met with and made requests a number of times of the police commissioner. Our biggest request was for a public plan to address the spike in violence (42% increase in murders, shootings almost doubled). Some arrests did take place at hot spots in a few neighborhoods, but a plan was never announced and the violence continues. The knowledge that officers were not following their commander is what brought us to the conclusion that waiting to act would be aiding and abetting a dangerous situation.
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