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. Mike Lester says:

    Starbucks founder is in the throws of doing exactly the same thing w/ mandatory employee “IMPLICIT BIAS” (junk science) training.

  2. Even his own homeboys can see he is an a-hole…

  3. The State of Maryland needs to take control of the BPD, fire this clown, and put real police back on the street to give wood shampoos to these thugs! It disgusts me that my hometown is now a cesspool of violence.

  4. Jim Wolfson says:

    Hah-hah-hah! Wasting time trying to talk to ghettotrash.
    Suck it, democRats. This is on YOU.
    MAGA, baby.

  5. Way to throw your officers under the bus. This Commissioner is no leader.

  6. Apologizing to criminals is a dumb thing for a police commissioner to do.

  7. Alan Smithee says:

    Since de Sousa is African American… and also the police commish… “the man”… isn’t this Black on Black oppression he is apologizing for.

  8. Joe Pelley says:

    “…where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. ” – – – Who was at fault for that? The police? Whitey? F-you. The perp is responsible for selling, using drugs and for crimes committed.

  9. And where is Baltimore now that little barry Hussein and eric “Fast & Furious” holder have ruined it? Crime, straight up. People with brains moving out. All thanks to PC infected liberalism.. Bye, bye, Maryland.. You are an official, liberal, sewer, now.

  10. Paul Roberts says:

    Everything the Baltimore Police Department has done is a disgrace for the past 200 years? So he is admitting he is also a failure. He is also saying the Mayor and city council has been a complete failure for the past 200 years because they direct Police operations. Real smart Commissioner Darryl De Sousa. See you in the unemployment line.

  11. Jon Doe says:

    By apologizing, the man legitimized their phony argument about police being the ones responsible for the disproportionate amount of blacks in prison. And what did he get in return? Booed and heckled. When are these idiots going to learn that you gain nothing by grovelling to these leftist.

  12. Alan Whitney says:

    This is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

  13. Upside down inside out world of the perverse America hating left that obama who let the dogs out totally unleashed.

  14. No one, and I mean no one who is living today should take responsibility for what happened 200 years ago, that it absurd. It was a different time and we have moved forward. I think that is what the problem is, rather than looking forward and trying to determine what we can do to make things better, people look back and try to get an advantage for things they never suffered, but claim to be a party to. Move forward, fix things, stop looking back, we can’t change that!

  15. Welcome to the future ladies and gentlemen.

  16. Jim Wolfson says:

    Baltimore is run by the ‘Rats, right?
    So, no surprise.

  17. I was in Baltimore years ago…it was a SHEITHOLE even then…..

  18. Samuel Green says:

    Baltimore is just one of those places that is so stuck on stupid, it defies reason nor logic.

    Places like Baltimore that order their entire police force to not police, and let the city riot and burn at the order of the mayor and governor, has most people shaking their heads.
    It’s sad as Baltimore could be a great city, but it’s leadership from the Governor down to this commissioner is so inept and corrupt, only better leadership will fix it’s woes.

    Apologizing for 200 years of bad policing is pretty out there, doing so at a rap concert shows this police commissioner > IS THE VILLAGE IDIOT <

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