Baltimore’s police commissioner resigns after charges for not paying federal taxes

darryl de sousa and catherine pugh

Mayor Pugh and her hand-picked tax evader De Sousa

The IRS doesn’t care about your oversights and inability to prioritize your own affairs. Quit it with the excuses.

From Star-Telegram: When Baltimore’s mayor hand-picked Darryl De Sousa as her choice for police commissioner, heralding his experience and the respect he commanded in the city’s force, he proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls.

Now just a few months later, De Sousa is out of the game, resigning in embarrassment for failing to file his taxes, a key test of Adulthood 101.

De Sousa’s path from the corner office to the revolving door was speedy, even for a city accustomed to leadership instability in a scandal-plagued police force. De Sousa resigned on Tuesday, less than four months into the job, after being charged with failing to file three years of taxes.

Tuesday also was the deadline federal prosecutors gave the city for producing years of De Sousa’s financial records.

Rising through the Baltimore force’s ranks since the 1980s, De Sousa was the third commissioner in three years and the ninth since 2000. His downfall was a blow to Mayor Catherine Pugh and the City Council, which nearly unanimously authorized his promotion in February.

Law enforcement needs to follow the law. It is critically important that the citizens of Baltimore have complete faith in their police department. I am deeply disappointed by Mr. De Sousa’s actions that leave us in this place,” City Councilman Zeke Cohen said.

Pugh had portrayed her choice of the veteran police commander as the right person to lead the force as the violent crime rate continued to soar. She said his resignation shouldn’t derail the department’s recent successes, and she’s already begun a national search to find his successor.

“I want to reassure all Baltimoreans that this development in no way alters our strategic efforts to reduce crime by addressing its root causes in our most neglected neighborhoods,” said Pugh, who fired De Sousa’s predecessor, Kevin Davis, in January after roughly 2 ½ years on the job.

In the meantime, the force is being led by Deputy Commissioner Gary Tuggle. He was named as acting leader Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced last week that De Sousa “willfully failed to file a federal return for tax years 2013, 2014, and 2015, despite having been a salaried employee of the Baltimore Police Department in each of those years.”

If proven, each of three misdemeanor counts carries up to one year in prison and a $25,000 fine. But his ongoing case has the potential to get a whole lot worse for De Sousa: Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to the city’s finance and police departments, seeking specifics about his pay, taxes, travel, and second jobs dating back years, according to a Tuesday report by The Baltimore Sun.

De Sousa himself could not immediately be reached Tuesday. His attorney, Steven Silverman, said he did not wish to comment. Last week, Silverman said federal prosecutors didn’t give his client a chance to explain himself or file late returns before bringing criminal charges.

De Sousa’s twin brother, Jason, described his brother’s resignation as “a loss for Baltimore City.”

“This is not the end. He has a very bright future, he’s very talented,” he said, adding that his brother was taking care of his parents, who had Alzheimer’s, during the period when he didn’t file his taxes.

Last week, De Sousa issued a statement admitting his failure to file federal and state taxes for those three years. He called it an oversight, and said he did file his 2016 taxes and got an extension for 2017 with the help of a “registered tax adviser.”

“My only explanation is that I failed to sufficiently prioritize my personal affairs,” De Sousa said.

The U.S. Attorney’s office did not immediately comment on De Sousa’s resignation. His case is being handled by the same federal prosecutors who recently prosecuted eight members of a rogue Baltimore police unit called the Gun Trace Task Force. All but one await sentencing after pleading guilty or being convicted at trial of corruption charges.

The city’s police union, which applauded De Sousa’s promotion earlier this year, said it was “anxious to put these events behind us” and hoped Pugh would find a suitable replacement fast. “Our members deserve consistency in their leadership,” said Gene Ryan, union president.


20 responses to “Baltimore’s police commissioner resigns after charges for not paying federal taxes

  1. So seems the fox is guarding the hen house. Wonder what the leaving town to relocate percent is on out going traffic. When the criminals are running the jail we are in some serious trouble. Talk about drain the swamp seems they have a never ending water faucet open and running.

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  2. she’gonna have a tough time finding someone that can do the job right. no doubt she’ll hire some half-baked crony that’ll do her bidding only. they should just fence off baltimore and keep this disease from spreading.

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  3. “It called ‘Freedom of Da Seas”. If’n ya’ll don pay yer taxes dey seise yo ass an’ put it in jail where ya’ll ain’t got no freedom”.

    Nice to see we can depend on constancy with some things in life. I think I’d rather be a Bible salesman in Beirut than a police commissioner in Baltimore.

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  4. “….his brother was taking care of his parents, who had Alzheimer’s, during the period when he didn’t file his taxes.”

    That’s why CPAs exist…they’re part of the infernal system of course, but you can provide them with your paperwork and they provide you with the ‘licensed’ and ‘authorized’ version of your financial life. As far as I’m concerned, if CPAs disappeared right now along with the Infernal Revenue Service, I’d sleep ok.

    In addition, ‘police’ aren’t “law enforcement”. They are peace officers. They are not enforcing laws. That’s for the “officers of the courts”, such as they are, to decide. The peace officers should resolve disputes that can be resolved on site, and should apprehend those persons who should be apprehended for judicial review.

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    • Places like Baltimore and Detroit are like “game reserves”. You might visit them (for gawd knows what reason), but you definitely wouldn’t want to live there. So, if you’ve always wanted to know what Soweto looks like but didn’t want to travel that far, Baltimores the town for you.

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    • Not sure what you mean by the distinction there… From wiki:
      “A law enforcement officer (LEO) or peace officer, in North American English, is a public-sector employee whose duties primarily involve the enforcement of laws.” That’s what we call “police” (or sheriffs, in the county) here (USA).

      “Police officers are generally charged with the apprehension of criminals and the prevention and detection of crime, protection and assistance of the general public, and the maintenance of public order.”

      In my observation over the decades, they rarely act as purely “peace officers” except in times of “civil unrest” (riots)… they are almost always enforcing the law as imposed by legislatures etc. and the courts (hopefully within the confines of The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, etc.).

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  5. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    What about Al Sharpton? Is he catching up on his?


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  6. “He proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls” hehehe, checkmate!!! Ping-pong is more suitable, hit the ball back and forth, doesn’t take that much brain to follow your opponent’s move. He resigned, do not pass GO, do not COLLECT.

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  7. I’m sure some group will rise up to decry this as racism by Trumpophiles, the great white conspiracy, the Right, or something similar. I RARELY see strong Black leaders step up and speak against such flagrant abuse of power and personal responsibility. I see them blaming others, declaring discrimination. And thus an ideology gets propagated into the youth watching & learning.

    I’m not being racist; I’m saying MAN UP and teach your youth the right way. It’s the only proper way to secure their future, and ours as a society & nation.

    Baltimore is in a sad state. They need to get their murders under control, which means getting criminals under control, which means getting their police under control, which means getting their Chief and Mayor under control. I don’t see that happening. I see urban decay…

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  8. Kevin J Lankford

    Got no regard for the i.r.s. my self. Nothing but the strong arm collection agency for the world bank, which is the biggest crime cartel ever devised.

    If every body refused to be their victim, they would just have no recourse.

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  9. Amazing. A law enforcer who’s an outlaw — and a police commissioner!

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  10. Captain America

    Mayor Pug fired the last guy so she could bring in Pony Boy. Look how she is stripping him naked with her eyes.

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  11. A real tactical thinker, there! These bargain basement beaurocrats aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

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  12. Well, it is Baltimore, when was the last time they did anything correct?
    Hiring a tax evader just fits right in.

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