Is Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake responsible for the damage done by rioters? It appears so. While giving the Baltimore Police Department specific instructions to give space to those that wish to destroy. That stunning admission just put the city on the hook legally for millions of dollars in lawsuits. While the city should protect protesters, there is a huge difference between those that want to march and chant in the street, and those that would burn down buildings and attack police officers. The latter is called rioting and no rioter should be protected. Rioters destroyed portions of the city yesterday, April 27, 2015 and today April 28, 2015 things seem to be starting up again.
Then in an amazing display of stupidity, she blasted the media for broadcasting video and images of the destruction, saying it brings a negative message. It is the media’s job to inform and show the public what is happening. If that includes people burning down buildings, then that is what it is. Then Rawlings-Blake made an about face and then said in the same breath that she wanted to use the media’s footage to identify those who were breaking the law. She can use what aired but she would be unsuccessful in getting anything else because of the shield law. This protects the media from having to turn over un aired footage or photos even with a subpoena. While no one in their right mind would ever condone the burning of a building or destruction of city or private property, that is exactly what transpired.
What is “Space to destroy?” What does that mean? When people wanted to protest the death of Freddie Gray, did she think they would just kick over some shrubs in a park? Where do you draw the line at what is permissible? Is it okay to flip over police cars and set them on fire? How about smashing the windows of buildings and steal what is inside, is that permissible? Then there was the reprehensible behavior of the Baltimore Police themselves, as they tackled and pummeled two working journalists for doing nothing. That incident alone will cost the city a million dollars.
Freddie Gray was no angel.He had a very long police record and it is doubtful that more than five people protesting or rioting knew him or his family personally. To burn down a CVS and then have a brain dead idiot like this guy who cuts a supply line to a fire engine during the burning of the CVS. shows the mentality of people there. What was gained by this? Will they wake up tomorrow and CVS is going to be there open for business? No, the company will take a tax write off and there will be another abandoned building in the neighborhood. This brand new facility served the community. Now elderly and infirm will have to go elsewhere. Those that were waiting for a prescription to be filled now have to go back to their doctor to get another one as they were not in the computer system yet. Then a senior center was torched.
The Mayor was evasive when asked if reinforcements were coming in, further alienating citizens of Baltimore. By making stupid statements, she just put the city on the hook for millions in damages, and anyone arrested will certainly argue that the mayor gave approval.