BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s police commissioner addressed a crowd at a hip-hop concert alongside the mayor, but the audience didn’t seem interested in what he had to say.

“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said at Wednesday’s Eric B. & Rakim concert at Baltimore Soundstage.

A video posted by Baltimore Fishbowl shows De Sousa being met with a few applause but mostly boo’s — as well as several profanities.

“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 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” De Sousa added.

The commissioner went on to say he promises changes will be made to policing in the future.

On Thursday night, the president of Baltimore’s police union issued this statement, in part: “I’m not sure that a blanket apology covering 200 years is appropriate. Law enforcement was created to protect and serve the citizenry despite race and that is what we strive to do, daily.”

Baltimore Soundstage says the remarks were not choreographed, but they said, in part, “We saw two passionate public servants starting a conversation that needs to be had.”

The Baltimore Police Department has been under fire for reports of abuse of overtime pay, a federal racketeering investigation and a federal order to overhaul the department’s policies and practices.

Baltimore has also seen a surge in violence over the past few weeks after a decline to start the new year.

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Comments (104)
  1. Baltimore Liberal Logic:
    Black’s Riot
    Destroying Black Businesses
    After Black Guy Dies in Police Custody
    With 3 Black Police Officers
    In A 43% Black Police Department
    With a Black Chief of Police
    Under A Black Female Mayor
    With A Black Female State Attorney
    In A City Ruled By Democrats for Over 50 Years
    With the First Black Female US Attorney General
    Appointed By The First Black President
    And they all BLAME RACISM

  2. The homicide rate in Baltimore is 56.2 per 100,000.
    That’s 40-times higher than the white homicide rate in America….40 times higher!!!
    …and, they don’t apologize for it, either.

  3. Cody Silver says:

    He was booed there and I’m booing him now IDIOT BOO!!!

  4. Bob Suyak says:

    BPD wasting you time, because punks raised with a daddy will always be punks without a direction, not know right from wrong.

  5. What an embarrassment to be there in that hoogaa boogaa hooliga crowd.
    Long live Africa!

  6. Most ASININE thing I’ve EVER seen!

  7. This anti-police attitude stems not from abuses but from the fact that police are there to stop crime. Since that is presumably always going to be the function of police, people who don’t like their crims and those of their friends being stopped will always hate police. BLM, etc. use the issue of police brutality as a political tool to weaken police protection of the citizens they seek to victimize.

  8. Apologize for your own actions! Stop apologizing for the actions of my ancestors, you did not live in their time and most likely have zero concept of what was their reality.

  9. Lesson: No matter what you do, it will NEVER BE ENOUGH!

    The Race Industry survives if and only if there is racial unrest.

  10. Chip DeBlock says:

    We decided to discuss this story on the LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show. Here’s the link in case you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGV9PX3esII

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