• Obama on Baltimore: ‘Too Many Instances’ of Police Targeting Poor Blacks

    In his first official response to the massive amounts of violence that spilled over in the streets of Baltimore late Monday night, Obama actually blamed America’s cops for creating the environment that led to multiple riots.

    From the Rose Garden, Obama suggested that the violence and rioting that sparked from Ferguson to Maryland is an outgrowth of months of what “appears to be” police targeting poor African-Americans:

    “Since Ferguson we have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African Americans, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions. And it comes up it seems like, once a week now, or every couple weeks. And so I think it’s understandable that, and more importantly moms and dads across the nation saying this is a crisis.”

    Obama, naturally, failed to mention that his own Department of Justice refused to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

    Nevertheless the “criminals and thugs,” as Obama called them, burned down a senior center, a CVS drug store, among other local black-owned business in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody.

    “There is no excuse for the kind of violence we saw yesterday. It is counterproductive,” Obama said. “They’re not protesting, they’re not making a statement. They are stealing.”

    He should’ve stayed with that message instead of taking unnecessary swipes at law enforcement.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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