Baltimore’s mayor has sacked the US city’s police chief, saying his leadership had become a distraction from fighting a “crime surge”.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was replacing Police Commissioner Anthony Batts with his deputy, Kevin Davis, for an interim period.

The city was rocked by riots in April when a black man died after suffering injuries in police custody.

Six officers were charged over the death of the 25-year-old, Freddie Gray.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Mayor Rawlings-Blake said Mr Batts had “served this city with distinction” since becoming police chief in October 2012. (BBC)