The Baltimore Sun, By Kevin Rector, Scott Dance and Luke Broadwater, April 27
After almost two weeks of tension over the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore descended into chaos Monday.
Roaming gangs of mostly young men clashed with police in the streets, seriously injuring officers; tore open businesses; and looted their stocks. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard, and state police requested as many as 5,000 reinforcements from neighboring states.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake instituted a weeklong citywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Tuesday.
Rawlings-Blake blamed the mayhem on “thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city.” She joined a chorus of officials and residents, some of whom fought off rioters to defend their homes and businesses.
“Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for,” Rawlings-Blake said. “It’s idiotic to think that by destroying your city, you’re going to make life better for anybody.”
Col. William M. Pallozzi, superintendent of the state police, said 1,500 state troopers were in Baltimore on Monday night. Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, commander of the Maryland National Guard, said as many as 5,000 soldiers could be deployed.
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That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
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