Baltimore City Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa has resigned, following the announcement that federal prosecutors have charged him with failure to file federal income tax returns from 2013 to 2015. Mayor Pugh has announced a national search for his replacement, while Deputy Commissioner Gary Tuggle will serve as acting commissioner.
It has not been reported whether De Sousa also failed to file his state income tax returns, but it seems a logical assumption – meaning he also failed to pay income taxes to Baltimore City.
Reports the Baltimore Sun:
Despite De Sousa’s admitting to not filing his tax returns, his attorneys have pushed back against prosecutors, saying De Sousa was not given the opportunity other taxpayers receive to explain or file missing returns before being charged criminally.
“Criminal charges are usually a last resort by the government after the tax payer has ignored the government’s warning,” attorney Steven Silverman wrote in a statement.
Reporters and government officials took to Twitter with responses.
Sun Reporter Scott Dance pointed out the irony that the Governor signed SB 1099/HB 561, Baltimore City Police Department – Commission to Restore Trust in Policing and Audit Review, essentially at the same time that De Sousa announced his resignation. The bill establishes the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing, which is tasked with reviewing, investigating, and making recommendations relating to the Baltimore Police Department:
As news of police commissioner's resignation breaks, governor signs bill creating commission to investigate Baltimore Police corruption. pic.twitter.com/ZvPD2sqPSZ
— Scott Dance (@ssdance) May 15, 2018
Commissioner De Sousa's resignation was inevitable, yet he made the right decision. I believe he is a good person who made a mistake, but it was a mistake that rightfully cost him his role as Commissioner…. https://t.co/FyONqbcO4h
— Bill Ferguson (@SenBillFerg) May 15, 2018
In just a few days, @BaltimorePolice Commissioner @Darryl_De_Sousa went from new top cop on the job, to federally charged but retaining confidence of the mayor, to suspended pending outcome of the federal case, to out after submitting his resignation. https://t.co/jBuDOxyuzg
— Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) May 15, 2018
The past three seasons of “Baltimore” have been over the top
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 15, 2018
A terrible position for Baltimore and any interim Commissioner. I remember trying to keep BPD focused as interim after the Mayor announced a search. You'd be surprised how hard that is when there's some doubt who will lead. Too many negatives in this situation. Not good.
— Tony Barksdale (@deputybarksdale) May 15, 2018