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[VIDEO] Patrick Brennan: Baltimore’s Mayor Says She Intend to to Give Protesters ‘Space’ to ‘Destroy. But What Happened Anyway?

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At The CornerPatrick Brennan writes: Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says that she didn’t mean, in some comments she delivered Sunday, that the protesters/rioters in Baltimore had been intentionally given “space” to “destroy” property. “The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence,” a spokesman says, a day after she made the comments. (A raft of outlets reported them this morning  in the way she says she didn’t mean them.)

Whatever exactly she meant, it certainly seems that the Baltimore police took a hands-off approach to the unrest over the weekend, allowing the crowds to grow violent and unruly while doing little in response.

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[Read the full text here, at The Corner, National Review Online]

Presumably this is motivated in part by the sense that the protesters had some legitimate grievance and in part because it’s supposed to work, to help defuse the situation. Well, does it?

When unapologetically progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio let Ferguson protesters have some space last fall, it did seem to work — the NYPD was able to let (illegal) protests go on without it escalating into anti-property violence. Whether this is going to happen in a more troubled city like Baltimore, I’m not so sure. In 2011, when former Oakland mayor Jean Quan sympathized with Occupy Oakland’s illegal protests and let them go on, they spiraled out of control and disrupted the city’s already depressed downtown for months…(read more)

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