Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake apparently wants it to be quite apparent that she is sympathetic to those violently protesting in the streets over the recent death of Freddie Gray. So much so, that she fully admits to giving them a space in which to destroy property.
Worse, she compared the looting, vandalism, and destruction of property to “free speech” rights.
Rawlings-Blake said it was a difficult balancing act in trying to protect the innocent with allowing protesters to commit crimes.
We (the city) “gave those who wished to destroy, space to do that as well.”
Actually Ms. Blake, it’s not a difficult balancing act in any way, shape, or form. It is your duty to protect the personal property and lives of your citizens. It is not your duty to allow a space for protesters to commit crimes against those same citizens.
Watch the mayor’s stunning admission below…
Perhaps she was thinking of this man when she gave space to those that ‘wish to destroy’ – just a peaceful protester who wished to hurl a flaming trash can at police officers.
That – That, is free speech?
The mayor’s office has since sought to imply that she was taken out of context with her comments.
“The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence,” a spokesman claimed.
“What she is saying within this statement was that there was an effort to give the peaceful demonstrators room to conduct their peaceful protests on Saturday. Unfortunately, as a result of providing the peaceful demonstrators with the space to share their message, that also meant that those seeking to incite violence also had the space to operate.”
What do you think? Did the mayor just confess to allowing a space for violent protesters to operate, or was she taken out of context?