A Baltimore mother is receiving praise from a number of sources after a video went viral of her smacking her son about the head as he tried to involve himself further in the violence of the then ongoing Baltimore protests and riot on Monday. And as the situation was spiraling out of control, this particular mother tried to exert control over at least some part of the proceedings. She is being called “Mom of the Year” by some on social media…
CNN reported April 27 that, during protests ignited over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a still unidentified irate mother was caught on video smacking her son repeatedly and dragging him away from the demonstrating mass of people. The video, which was captured by WMAR in Baltimore, shows an angry woman, dressed in jeans and a yellow tunic (and a bright yellow short jacket), pulling the young man away from the crowd, smacking him about the head and yelling at him.
The young man, dressed in a black hoodie, a black mask, and shouldering a black backpack, can be seen trying to avoid the blows and attempting to get away, but his mother is having none of it. “Get the f**k over here!” she yells at one point.
According to WMAR, the mother went into action when she recognized her son on television throwing rocks at Baltimore police. He is seen in the video as wearing a mask but his designs on anonymity go for naught as his face is later exposed in the physical and verbal smackdown.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told media sources later, “And if you saw in one scene you had one 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. I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight.”
But the Commissioner’s wishes would go unanswered as hundreds took to the Baltimore streets Monday night, forcing the city to impose a curfew and the governor to issue a state of emergency. According to the Baltimore Sun, it is now believed that it all began with the dissemination of a “purge” flier on social media to local schools. The “purge,” a reference to the horror movie where lawlessness is legal for a 12-hour period, was supposed to be a gathering and march starting at Mondawmin Mall and progressing toward downtown Baltimore. But with police on hand, the gathering soon became violent, with protesters throwing bottles and rocks at the police.
The aftermath brought it all into sharp focus for the city and the nation. CNN reported that after a day and night of protests and rioting and looting, there were 202 arrests, 144 vehicle fires and 19 structure fires, according to city spokesman Kevin Harris. The Commissioner noted that 15 Baltimore Police officers were injured in the riot, six seriously.