Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts controversially said that officers "took a knee" after the city's April riots following the death of Freddie Gray, allowing crime to spike because they felt a lack of support from police and city officials.

During a panel Wednesday, Batts said, "What happened to me is the crime rate went up and I lost my job. Is this going to be a tactic where police officers don't feel that they're supported, so they allow the crime rate to go up and the reformers lose their jobs?"

"The crime issue is not just in Baltimore, but in other major cities throughout the United States as a whole," Batts said. "Part of the crime rate increase is that the police officers at some point took a knee, and they are doing that like other officers."

Former prosecutor Katie Phang said "On The Record" that there's been a 147 percent increase in homicides in the neighborhood where the Freddie Gray incident happened.

"I do not think it's a coincidence," Phang said. "If I were law enforcement, not only in Baltimore but nationally, I would be insulted."

She said that it's a tragedy that suddenly there is no support for law enforcement.

"Former Police Commissioner Batts is looking for a scapegoat," Phang stated. "He's not going to look in the mirror and tell himself that he did a bad job."

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