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Yesterday we saw young people go wild. They called it a “purge”, and unbridled lawlessness is what we witnessed. It was hard to watch but impossible to stop watching. As I watched children, yes children hurl rocks at the police I wondered did they have malice in their hearts or were they part of what they saw as some kind of sick game. The rock throwing was bad enough but the looting took it to another level. Freddie Gray has nothing to do with a young person wearing a new pair of stolen Jordans today. Over the past 24 hours I have heard pundits, community leaders and ministers try to explain the frustration of the young people, and while that exists it is no excuse for arson, but my real question is where were their parents? Some parents might have been at work, but I’m sure some of them were at their homes and if you lived in the city or the suburbs of Baltimore you knew what was going down at Mondawmin Mall. Parents are responsible for their minor children and it will be interesting when the police start looking at pictures and tapes and identify the children will they also arrest the parent.
Mother whips son for participating in the riots. Share your thoughts.
The mayor is getting blasted for these words. She did not literally mean this but national media is jumping all over this. Share your thoughts.
Freddie Gray died under mysterious circumstances while in the custody of the police. Yesterday was his funeral and yesterday was the day Baltimore descended into chaos. My heart broke as I watched young people hurl rocks and stones at police. Some young people middle school age. Seeing people break into a malls and walking out with hand fulls of stolen goods. What happened to the people? How is this senseless violence justified? No one is going to communicate when portions of the city are still smoldering. One of the problems is there is a lack of respect. When you watch young people throw rocks at police you are struck by the lack of respect for law enforcement, but who do these young people respect? They don’t respect the teachers. Respect is first taught at home and unfortunately most of the young folks we saw have not been taught respect. This was not about Freddie Gray this was sadly criminals with a chance to do harm. The mayor is in the hot seat. Many saying the city responded too late, but that might be true but this level of anger started along time ago. Long before Gray took his last breath. This is a tinderbox just looking for a reason to explode.
Tonight when I heard Baltimore clergy was reaching out to Baltimore gang leaders for help connecting to the youth I thought I needed to get my hearing check. Sadly, I heard correctly. So men of the cloth don’t know how to facilitate a dialogue without the help of gang leaders. Gangs engage in illegal activities but they have been elevated to community leaders? Share your thoughts.
The city of Baltimore is in mourning tonight. I rarely use the word thug but there is no other word suitable for this situation. To see people break into Mondawmin Mall and come out with armloads of stolen property was unsettling. In some cases people came with their children and then people wonder why these children have no respect for authority.There is a 10PM curfew tonight and hopefully order will be restored.
Students are throwing rocks and bricks at Baltimore Police officers. The students have damaged cars and officers have been injured. The police will soon be arresting students as they should. This behavior honors no one. It is criminal activity and the police are going to start treating the students as criminals.
Today, Freddie Gray will be buried. He died from injuries sustained while in custody of the Baltimore Police. Gray had a police record, but over the last few days we have heard him described as a jokester and an all around good guy. Both of these things could be true. You can have a police record and you can also be a good guy around your family and friends. You can also be a victim without being an angel. You might have done all kinds of criminal things or simply unkind things, but if you are killed at the hands of the police you are the victim. We don’t need anyone to try to redesign or refine your real narrative in an effort for the victim to receive justice.