Alright this has really gone too far! I was trying not to pay attention to most of the rhetoric flying around concerning the riots (oops, I meant protests) going on in Baltimore but last night about an hour before the mandatory curfew was enacted I heard a woman who was part of the crowd gathered say that the police were antagonizing the protesters. When the reporter asked the woman what she meant by that comment she replied that by standing quietly in a line wearing riot gear the police were trying to intimidate them and they (the police) were hoping that something would give them an excuse!
Really? So let’s recap just a little. On the most violent night of the riots (yes they were riots not protests!) over 200 fires were lit, businesses were burned and looted, 20 police officers were injured and all the time the Mayor of Baltimore stated, “It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”
Those were her actual words! So after the police were criticized for not doing much to stop the riots while being ordered to “Stand Down” by their bosses, the decision was made to give them the proper equipment and numbers to deal with violent rioters (I’m sorry, protestors) and looters (I’m sorry, undocumented shoppers).
Oh, but now they are trying to be all intimidating by dressing up in their military-style costumes (also known as protective gear for all you would-be rioters) and standing there in a silent single-file line simply to piss off a bunch of undocumented shoppers.
Yes, I know that regardless of Freddie Gray’s lengthy criminal record (you can look it up here if you don’t believe me) his life still matters. If during his arrest, he was injured due to negligence or outright malice then that needs to be dealt with in a court of law and I know that the vast majority of Baltimore’s citizens agree with that.
What we cannot do is allow criminals to dictate what and how we do things as a society. We can’t give undocumented shoppers space to destroy if they want to destroy and we can’t tie the hands of those who have taken an oath to preserve life and property.
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