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  • Baltimore Mayor Gave Green Light to Protesters to Vandalize Property

    Protests over the police-related death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray took a violent turn on Saturday in Baltimore, resulting in dozens of arrests, vandalism and widespread property damage.

    A reporter asked Baltimore’s Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who  also serves as Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, to comment on how police responded to protests during a press conference on Sunday. The mayor admitted that she instructed law enforcement, in the name of “balance,” to protect protesters and to provide them with “space to destroy.”

    “I’ve made it very clear that I worked with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” she said.  “It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars, and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wish to destroy, space to do that as well. And we work very hard to keep that balance.”

    The mayor’s office released a statement on Monday following controversy over her comments which said, in part:

    “The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence. Any suggestion otherwise would be a misinterpretation of her statement.”

    The Associated Press or the New York Times both covered Mayor Rawling-Blake’s press conference but did not include the mayor’s remarks condoning violence and property destruction.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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