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Baltimore 2015 : A State of Emergency

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The Baltimore Riots have been displayed as destructive and indecent. Why? Rock-throwing protesters have clashed with police at Mondawmin Mall in northwestern Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody more than a week ago. People destroyed police cars and injured seven officers — one severely — during violent clashes between cops and crowds in Baltimore. It wasn’t immediately clear how all the officers were injured, but it is said people have been throwing rocks and bricks.

The attorney for the family of Freddie Gray is calling on the community to end their focus on violence in the wake of Gray’s death. Live video from the shocking scene showed people smashing the windows of a police car before climbing on top and jumping up and down. On Monday, police were urging people to avoid certain neighborhoods and some residents were said to be leaving the city to avoid the chaos.

Over 10,000 people have been peacefully protesting in Downtown Baltimore for weeks on end.

At some point prior to the rioting turning up, a fight started in front of Sliders broke out. Slides is a Baltimore bar. Intoxicated bar patrons altercations faded into the streets. Protesters and bar customers began fighting. Even the videos will show people on both sides who wanted to fight and were excited to fight and embraced the opportunity. In part, it also seems like it was a failure of security, who didn’t stop customers from jeering at the protesters.Here were drunk, angry, white baseball fans and bar-goers who were equally guilty for the violence that happened that night and embraced the chance to fight and provoked some of it, and any accurate narrative must acknowledge that and barely anyone has acknowledged that.

Images of burning buildings and ransacked stores in Baltimore are filling the news media but prior to the violence where was the media? When the community was peacefully trying to fight for their rights and speak up for change. Yet, the media only reports violence and arrests.

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