Thursday, May 14, 2015

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, Rawlings-Blakeits 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.
Rawlings-Blake ignited the firestorm that followed when she said she was going to protect the right of the people of Baltimore to protest, saying: "It's a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure that [the people] were protected from the cars and other things that were going on [as] we gave those who wished to destroy space to do that, as well."
With demands for her resignation swirling around her head, and with the mayor hiding behind the bigotry of Al Sharpton, Rawlings-Blake used her Facebook page for damage control, insisting that she "...did not instruct police to give space to protesters who were seeking to create violence or destruction of property..." attempting to mitigate her statement that she only wished to "give those who wished to destroy space to do that..." by clarifying what she meant as " peaceful demonstrators room to share their message," adding that, in doing so, "...unfortunately those who were seeking to incite violence also had space to operate." When the Brietbart News Network accurately reported the mayor's statement, and watched the Baltimore police respond to the initial outbursts by doing nothing, the people of Baltimore correctly interpreted the mayor's wishes, particularly when Rawlings-Blake also said " was a delicate balancing act...We worked hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate..." that the mayor intended for the police to do nothing unless what happened, happened. 

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