Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has spoken out about his recent departure from the department, denying rumors that he was forced out of his position.
In an exclusive interview with WJZ News and The Baltimore Banner, Harrison explained that his decision to leave the department was a personal one, and that he was not pushed out by Mayor Scott or anyone else.
“I was not forced out,” Harrison said. “This was a personal decision based on my family and my future.”
Harrison, who had served as Baltimore’s Police Commissioner for four years, oversaw the department during a period of significant change and reform. He led the department through court-ordered reforms and improving community relations.
Despite his successes, Harrison’s tenure was not without controversy. He faced criticism over the department’s handling of high-profile cases, including the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in 2015.
Harrison did not comment on the specifics of his departure but expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve as Baltimore’s Police Commissioner.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the people of Baltimore and to have worked alongside the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department,” Harrison said. “I wish them all the best as they continue to serve and protect the city.”
Mayor Scott has not yet announced a replacement for Harrison, but the search for a new Police Commissioner is underway. Acting Commissioner Marcus Jones is currently leading the department.
The departure of Michael Harrison marks the end of an era for the Baltimore Police Department, and the city will undoubtedly be watching closely to see who will be chosen to lead the department into the future.