With emotions running high moments after the shooting as Officer Andrew Groman fought for his life in the hospital, Commissioner Batts stood with the mayor and state’s attorney and less than 30 seconds into his press conference to update what happened to Groman said this: “We’ve had marches nationwide for the fact that we have lost lives in police custody. I wonder if we’re going to have those same marches as officers are shot, too.”
The head of Baltimore’s NAACP says she believes Batts’ timing was wrong but stopped short of asking for an apology.
“I think his emotions and standing at the hospital with one of his officers being shot—that’s the way he reacted at that time. I think on any other given day, he would have been on the other side of the street, working with the community has he has been, trying to bring peace and order,” said Tessa Hill-Aston.
Here’s what social media had to say
@FOXBaltimore No question Commissioner Batts is right on point! I’m grateful for the men and women in blue working to keep Baltimore safe.
— Darlene Kennedy (@LizetteKennedy) December 15, 2014
— MDFOP34 MDTA POLICE (@mdfop34) December 15, 2014
Maybe Commissioner Batts doesnt know that every 28 hours a Black Woman Man or Child is killed by cops vigilantes & sec. @BaltimorePolice
— Nari Monet (@SmokinOnDuchee) December 15, 2014
.@BaltimorePolice Commissioner Batts, you’re going to have to apologize for that insensitive statement. Might as well start drafting it.
— Danielle Noneya (@MsDannah) December 15, 2014
— George Molé (@FintoFile) December 17, 2014
Commissioner Batts is a piece of shit. Your officer will get his justice. @BaltimorePolice
— Twurk (@RBGtwurk) December 16, 2014