I know you didn't ask...but here's what
happens when Baltimore joins Detroit on
the dung-heap of American cities.
Let's begin with Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake before we talk about what I believe was the unwarranted arrest of Freddie Gray, a black man, by Baltimore police on April 12, 2015 which led to the declaration of his death on April 19. It's important to talk about the mayor first since it was Rawling-Blake's public remark that was taken as tacit approval by blacks in Baltimore (and gang members from anywhere else) to riot, loot and destroy in the name of Freddie Gray. Rawling-Blake's comment that she wanted to give distraught minorities space to "express themselves" was taken by Baltimore police as a "soft-glove" order from "on-high," that hamstrung them, preventing them from arresting looters when the violence began. Had Rawlings-Blake not spoken her own politically-motivated racial views, its likely that with minor problems in an otherwise quasi-peaceful protest on April 25, the loud, anti-police eulogy for Freddie Gray might not have escalated into a bloody riot that was reminiscent of the looting in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, 2005 in which 1,833 people died and, between the looters and the flood damage, the monetary losses from Katrina exceeded $108 billion. In 2005, the day before Katrina, the population of New Orleans was 455 thousand. Today it's 379 thousand, or 17% less.