Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has replaced Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, citing “utmost urgency” to stop a recent surge in violence.
In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday that the Department of Justice will launch a full-scale civil rights investigation into Baltimore’s police.
You’ve probably seen the viral video of Toya Graham, during last week’s unrest in Baltimore, using some rather pungent language and some open-handed smacks upside the head to pull her 16-year-old son out of the riot zone.
The violence in Baltimore might be called political violence: illegitimate but rooted in the legitimate desire to petition the state for redress of grievances.
Looted and burned, the CVS store at Pennsylvania and North avenues was one of more than 235 businesses damaged in the violence that shook the city last week.
Hogan said Monday he has been too busy addressing immediate public safety concerns to make any policy decisions. “We’ve been kind of busy saving the city of Baltimore.”
Unrest on the streets of Baltimore is a tale told over again in American history. The Civil War’s first blood was spilled there in a scene that foreshadowed the racial reckoning the nation witnessed this week.
The claims that the city isn’t doing anything for the poor black neighborhoods are a disconnect from reality. Is that why high-school kids burned down a CVS the city worked hard to secure for them and, even more inexplicably, a low-income senior housing project costing a reported $16 million?
As Martin Luther King noted after young people in Memphis broke windows and looted stores during the last march he ever led, violence has a way of changing the subject.
Monday’s violent acts followed the distribution of a flier on social media calling for high schoolers to “purge,” a reference to a movie in which all laws are suspended for a day.
Baltimore braced for a night of violence and police clashes after looting, fires, and rock throwing erupted Monday afternoon, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, whose spine was severed in police custody.