The neighborhood residents of the communities targeted by rioting and arsonists yesterday in Baltimore decided to lend a helping hand on Tuesday morning. The rest of a CVS drugstore, which was burned to the ground after being looted, was cleaned up with donated brooms wielded by good Samaritans, along with state police troopers. The recovery efforts were in stark contrast to the heated, at the very least, unrest.
The mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a tweet, “To all those who shared my anger and heartbreak, thank you for your work in our communities and for showing the world Baltimore’s resilence.” In an effort to prevent anything similar to this from happening Tuesday night, the city’s 3,000 police officers will be joined by around 2,000 guard troops from various entities, such as the state police. Also in the city will be another 1,000 from the National Guard who will arrive by Tuesday night, according to Governor Larry Hogan.
An overdue baseball game between the White Sox and the Orioles is to take place today. However, the game, originally scheduled for last night, is not open to the public.
The riots resulted in 15 buildings and 144 cars set on fire overnight along with over 200 arrests. Baltimore police department described the rioters as having “no regard to life.”
The riots are thought to have been planned by a flyer that circulated on social media which said riots were to start in a mall, which sustained substantial damage. The riots then made their way towards City Hall. Early Tuesday, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Hogan both made their way through the mall at which the riots started in the afternoon on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray.
Aggression towards police fueled the riots, which were sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained a fatal spinal injury while in custody of police. While many people took to the streets in anger over Mr. Gray’s death, others were discomforted by the violence that took place on Monday.
A family member of Mr. Gray, Katrina Carter, said Mr. Gray would have disapproved of the violence. However, Ms. Carter understands that at such a young age, anger cannot be contained, as she said that if she was 12, she would have been throwing rocks and bricks at the police, too, however, she is 38.
Ms. Carter stood outside the Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore, which she remembers as a place for pageants. She added that people need to learn to “push pens, not people.”
Not everyone would agree with Ms. Carter. According to Iyanla Vanzant, “If people are devalued-dehumanized & criminalized repeatedly, they will act out. Not an excuse-a reality Let’s get to the root.” This tweet took place in the same area where the CVS pharmacy was burned and looted.
In a tweet on Tuesday from the Baltimore Police, “A crowd continues to block the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave and North Ave. We are asking motorists to avoid this area.”
President Obama spoke out today about Baltimore, saying that when rioters burn down a building, they are committing arson. When rioters get crowbars and loot buildings, they are not rioting, they are stealing, and not making a statement. He went on to say that the people who are taking advantage of the situation are no longer rioters, but instead, are criminals.
By Jacob Dowd
Photo by Ted Van Pelt – Creativecommons License
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