A Baltimore mom, caught on video rebuking and smacking her teenage boy, is going viral this week. Many are calling this mom’s actions exactly what the city needs. In the wake of violent rioters and protestors setting police cars on fire and throwing rocks through storefront widows, at least one mother listened to city officials, who called on parents to get their kids off the streets.
The Washington Post reported: “A mystery woman seen berating and hitting a black-clad teenager, who reportedly is her son, has been hailed as ‘mom of the year’ after her intervention on the Baltimore streets was caught on video. As violence flared up across the city Monday, the woman, who hasn’t been identified, was captured telling the teenager, who also hasn’t been identified, to ‘take that f***ing mask off.’”
This Baltimore mom took a hands-on approach to the rioting that engulfed the city shortly after the funeral was held for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who was arrested on April 12 and died one week later from a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody.
Over a dozen buildings in Baltimore were ransacked or damaged. Fifteen police officers were injured; six of them were seriously injured and are still being treated. CNN described the streets Tuesday morning as resembling a “war zone.”
The National Guard deployed over 1,400 soldiers to join the nearly 300 state troopers who are attempting to regain control of the city.
Monday night, looters busted in through the roof of a local liquor store. Cinder blocks and heavy stones were tossed at officers in riot gear and multiple police cruisers were left burning overnight. An affordable care senior housing complex, just months away from opening, was severely damaged. All of the senseless acts of violence were done under remonstration – some say an excuse – for the fact that Gray was severely injured after leading officers on a footchase through an area known for crime and drug activity.
Yes despite the severity of Gray’s injuries – three fractured vertebrae and a crushed voice box (YouTube video also shows officers dragging Gray to a police van with his leg clearly broken) – Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday that the violence was nothing more than the result of “thugs” looking for justification to act like hooligans.
Rawlings-Blake said the looters were “thugs who always want to incite violence and destroy our city. Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.”
An attorney for the Gray family agreed. Said Bill Murphy: “I am sure that the family is concerned, and I am positive that they are against what is beginning to develop here in town. They don’t deserve this any more than Freddie Gray deserved it,” Murphy said, speaking of the injured police officers.
Which makes this Baltimore mom’s actions all the more appropriate. Her son, who according to reports had just chucked a number of rocks at police officers, was smacked upside the head multiple times.
“You want to be out here doing this dumb s**t?” the angry mom screamed at her son, who is dressed in a black sweatshirt with a black mask pulled down over his face.
Even Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts discussed the video.
“And if you saw in one scene, you had a mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed,” Batts told reporters. “I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight. I think these were youth coming out of the high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department and address it that way.”
What do you think of this Baltimore mom’s actions?