Acting Mayor Kim Janey said this afternoon she's fired Dennis White as police commissioner effective immediately, and that she will now work towards a national search for a new commissioner.
Janey said the independent report on domestic-violence incidents in the 1990s were bad enough, and that he acknowledged during a private hearing last week to hitting and pushing family members. He only made things worse by a campaign in recent weeks to vilify his ex-wife, she said. "His actions in recent weeks have done even more to erode public trust in his judgment and ability to lead," she said.
And no, he can't play the Black card and complain about treatment of Black men in America, she continued. She will not "turn a blind eye" to reprehensible behavior like his, she said.
Janey said the way White kept showing up at BPD headquarters, intimidating people, coupled with his refusal to apologize for past actions and efforts to smear his ex-wife, means that she had no choice. His return to his job as police commissioner would send "a chilling message" to domestic-violence victims and only cement what she said was already a blue wall of silence at BPD.
Janey added that White not only lost job as commissioner, he lost his employment at BPD. She said that when White accepted then Mayor Walsh's appointment for what turned into just a two-day job, he gave up his civil-service protection, so he no longer has a badge.
Janey said that, for now, Gregory Long will remain acting commissioner. She snapped at a reporter who asked about Superintendent Nora Baston, saying she never said she would be appointing her to replace White.
She said she is hoping that the national search effort will mean a new permanent commissioner by year's end.
Janey added that the new Office of Police Accountability and Transparency, headed by local attorney Stephanie Everett, with subpoena powers, already has active investigations underway.