“I go back to the Martin O’Malley administration and every one of his goals has been short-term – nothing was ever long-term. And because he had these short-term goals for instant results… he left it wide open for long-term disaster. And that’s what we are experiencing now.”
It seems hard to believe, but months ago, Baltimore’s politicians were confidently predicting a economic revival for the city. But after six Baltimore police officers where involved in the death of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray, the city erupted into the worst rioting it’s seen in 50 years.
“In 2005 we had 108,000 arrests in a city of 620,000 residents. How much long-term damage did that do to these neighborhoods in Baltimore, to the families in Baltimore, to all these people that now have an arrest record?”
The crisis has put police brutality in the spotlight, left leaders grasping for answers, and sparked an examination of the roots of the violence.
Franklin, a 34-year veteran of Maryland law enforcement and a former drug warrior, sat down with Reason TV‘s Todd Krainin to explain how the drug war policies of the O’Malley administration helped fuel the riots in Baltimore. Read the rest of this entry »
— Madison Confessions (@UWConfessions) April 29, 2015
“They bashed a hole right in the middle of the picture. Like they do not care about anything.”
Benny Johnson writes:
Essam, the owner of the looted and torched Papa Palace in West Baltimore was walking IJReview through the burnt out ruins of his shop.
When he paused and showed us something unexpected: What the protesters did to the presidential portrait that was hanging in the front of his pizza store.
Essam said “They bashed a hole right in the middle of the picture. Like they do not care about anything.”
Pastor Hickman: burning building was to be 60-unit affordable housing for seniors. “It hurts my heart,” he says.
CBS/DC reports: A massive, 3-alarm fire is emitting smoke and large flames in Baltimore Monday night as the city is still trying to stop riots following Freddie Gray’s funeral.
WNEW’s Cameron Thompson reports the fire has engulfed what was supposed to be a senior center under construction at Lanvale St. and Chester St.
Southern Baptist Church was building the center to provide 60 affordable apartments and behavioral counseling for seniors.
“We’re going to rebuild. We’re going to come back strong from this,” says the church’s pastor Donte Hickman
The fire is one of many the Baltimore City Fire Department is trying to battle as riots erupted throughout the city.
Pastor Donte Hickman, who’s church’s prjct burns behind, says he hopes tonight is a wake up call. “Enough is enough” pic.twitter.com/aM2Cf76Z2w
— Cam Thompson WNEW (@CamThompsonWNEW) April 28, 2015
Mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris says the fire was related to the riots, while Baltimore’s deputy fire chief says the department is “99 percent sure” it is linked to the riots.
No one was believed to be in the building at the time.
Source: CBS DC