The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #3, pointed out that rank-and-file officers who face misdemeanor charges are usually suspended with pay pending the outcome of the charges, and that the commissioner should be held to the same standard.
"To be clear, I have paid federal, state and local taxes regularly through the salary withholding process", DeSousa said in the statement.
DeSousa acknowledged in a statement that he failed to file federal or state income taxes for three years, but says he filed a 2016 return and asked for an extension in 2017.
Today the mayor said De Sousa's paid suspension would continue until his criminal tax charges were resolved.
The US Attorney's office alleged that Commissioner Darryl DeSousa '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'.
Stepping into his place is Gary Tuggle, formerly deputy commissioner of BPD's Support Services Bureau and now acting commissioner of the police force. He said he is working with a tax adviser to satisfy the filing requirements. "I accept full responsibility for this mistake and am committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible".
Although Commissioner Darryl De Sousa has been "an effective leader", she chose to place him on paid suspension as he deals with his ongoing legal case, Mayor Catherine Pugh told reporters. Late Thursday, the police union called on De Sousa to "do the right thing by taking a leave of absence".
Shortly after they were announced, De Sousa all but admitted to the crimes in a written statement.
The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore police following the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who was fatally injured in the custody of officers, leading to massive protests and riots. "I just hope that my brother does not give up and that he doesn't quit the fight to keep his name in good stead", he said. That said, I believe his suspension pending resolution of this matter is in the best interest of the Baltimore Police Department, the City of Baltimore and him personally.
Seemingly complicating matters further for De Sousa, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday that he has "only sporadically" filed mandatory financial disclosure forms with the city's ethics board. He succeeded former commissioner Kevin Davis, who spent 2 ½ years at the top job. It's no wonder people are leaving Baltimore in droves.
By early evening, Mayor Catherine Pugh issued a brief statement saying DeSousa assured her that he's working to resolve the matter and she has "full confidence" in him.