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Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell 'blindsided' by firing

Bell was brought in by the previous mayor

Bell was brought in by the previous mayor and admits that he and Davis never were on the same page. (February 20, 2013 6:29 PM)

Former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell says he was blindsided when Mayor Ernie Davis fired him Tuesday night.

Bell was brought in by the previous mayor and admits that he and Davis never were on the same page. Davis insists that the decision had to do with Mount Vernon's growing reputation of violence.

Police statistics show that while crime is down 9 percent in the last year,...

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