Mayor ‘Told Police to Stand Down While Baltimore Began to Burn During Riots’ Claims Damning New Report

Ashley Collman and Daniel Bates, Daily Mail, April 29, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered the police to stand down as riots and looting broke out across they city, a new report claims,

According to a senior law enforcement source, the embattled mayor effectively told her officers to do nothing as the city began to burn–raising questions as to whether the rioting could have been stopped.

Asked by Fox News if the mayor was responsible for the order, the source said, ‘You are God damn right it was.’

Despite strenuous denials from the mayor herself, this news comes as Baltimore returned to relative calm after the chaos of Monday night as public schools reopened their doors and people returned to work on a bright spring morning.

This new revelation follows fierce criticism of the Democrat mayor and her handling of the entire crisis since Freddie Gray died on April 19 from wounds sustained from his April 12 arrest.

Indeed, over the weekend, the mayor said she was backing off, lest she encourage those ‘who wished to destroy’.

The mayor denied she told her officers to stand-off the rioters on Monday and in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, repeated this.

‘You have to understand, it is not holding back. It is responding appropriately,’ said Blake.

In addition to accusations of being a soft-touch, the mayor has had to deny accusations she took far too long to declare an emergency and request the National Guard.

Governor Larry Hogan said that he didn’t exercise his executive authority and send the troops in, because ‘We didn’t think it was appropriate to come in and take over the city without the request of the mayor.’

However, he did say that as soon as the mayor phoned him, ‘it was about 30 seconds before we completely activated all of the resources that we had to bear.’

Blake dismissed this and said, ‘We responded very quickly to a very difficult situation. ‘It’s understandable to armchair quarterback and second-guess, but there is a very delicate balancing act that you have to do in order to respond but not over-respond.’

Regardless, with the city effectively shut down yesterday following Monday’s fiery city-wide riots, the resumption of the morning rush proved a vindication for the stringent curfew put in place last night.

Enforced by 3,000 extra police and National Guardsmen, the streets that had been rocked by massive unrest were quiet following the ending of the curfew at 5am with no reports of disturbances in the early hours.

Going on the numbers alone, the curfew was a resounding success.

On Monday, 235 people–including 34 juveniles were arrested, 19 buildings set ablaze, 20 police injured and 144 vehicles torched.

On Tuesday, 10 people were arrested and one police officer was injured.

But life is unlikely to get completely back to normal anytime soon: The curfew is set to go back into effect again tonight at 10 p.m and the city will once again hold its breath as tensions remain high.

‘While things are way better than they were, its not over yet,’ said Governor Larry Hogan.

‘We still have concerns of possible unrest’.

Attempting to keep expectations low, Hogan said that, along with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, they can’t promise that respect for the rule of law has returned to the city.

‘You can’t ensure that there’s not going to be any unrest. I’m not a magician,’ Hogan said to the Baltimore Sun. ‘What I can assure you is that we will put all the resources that we have at our disposal to make sure that disturbances don’t get out of hand.’

This comes as it was announced a midday a prayer vigil will be held for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old whose death after being fatally wounded in police custody sparked the protests.

And baseball officials–in what promised to be one of the weirdest spectacles in major-league history–announced that Wednesday’s Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards would be closed to the public for safety reasons–the first time in history.

But for a time last night fears grew the city would descend into riots far worse than Monday’s–with the police and protestors engaging in a huge stand-off to see who blinked first.

Thousands of police officers in Baltimore, Maryland threw tear gas and fired rubber bullets as they marched on about 100 defiant protesters who refused to go home and heed a city-wide curfew Tuesday night.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered 2,000 National Guardsmen and 1,000 law enforcement officers onto the streets to head off a repeat of the violence that erupted Monday night in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods in response to the death 25-year-old local man Freddie Gray.

WaitingForCurfew

One man waits for the curfew to go into effect.

 

About twenty minutes after curfew, a line of police in riot armor started slowing marching on the remaining protesters, who responded by throwing plastic and glass bottles and laying down in the street to block the cops in a show of civil disobedience.

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The small crowd started to disperse though when police began throwing smoke bombs and firing rubber bullets. When a few of the protesters still refused to move, police fired a volley of at least four cans of tear gas into the crowd. An ABC reporter was engulfed by a cloud of gas and had to be told to run as tears streamed from her face.

Members of the local community came together to try and stop any violent protestors getting near to the police.

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By midnight, the streets were mostly cleared when Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts held a press conference.

Batts said that 10 people had been arrested that day–two for looting, one for disorderly conduct and seven for violating curfew. Batts went on to say that the relatively low amount of arrests were evidence that the curfew worked.

‘One of the biggest thing is citizens are safe, the city is stable and we hope to keep it that way,’ Batts said.

The only people in Baltimore allowed to be out on the streets on Tuesday night were members of the media, and those going to work or experiencing a medical emergency.

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Just before the 10pm curfew Fox News host Geraldo Rivea walked into the crowd and was surrounded by angry protesters–in the middle of a live broadcast.

One young man got right in Rivera’s face and told him: ‘I want you to get out of Baltimore. You’re not here for the death of Freddie Gray!’

The man, who was wearing a black hoodie, continued shouting at Rivera and refused to get out of his way.

Another woman shouted out: ‘Stop making money from exploiting black people!’

Rivera had to walk out to the side of the crowd where he continued his broadcast.

{snip}

Jascy Jones of Baltimore said the sight of National Guardsmen on the street gave her a ‘very eerie feeling.’

‘It brought a tear to my eye. Seeing it doesn’t feel like the city that I love,’ she said. ‘I am glad they’re here, but it’s hard to watch.’

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In an interview broadcast Wednesday on ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show,’ President Barack Obama said the Baltimore riots show that police departments need to build more trust in black communities. He called on police departments ‘to hold accountable people when they do something wrong’ and said Attorney General Loretta Lynch is reaching out to mayors about resources to retrain police and provide body cameras.

The city of 622,000 is 63 percent black. The mayor, state’s attorney, police chief and City Council president are black, as is 48 percent of the police force.

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  • Why should she care? It’s only property. Property can’t vote in Baltimore city elections. But the grandmothers of the rioters and looters can and do vote.

    Like I wrote here a few days ago when this sort of thing came up, in the mind’s eye of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, rioting is a feature, not a bug. That’s because she knows that eventually, the city will get grants out the wazoo, and she’s becoming a celebrity right now.

    For the past two generations, the message that we have communicated to blacks is all they need to do is either march, protest, or riot, and they’ll get something out of it.

    • Jason Lewis

      Only one buisness owner to every thousand rioters. Votes matter. (sarc)

      • Earl P. Holt III

        …and one thousand voters translates into six thousand (or more) votes…!

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    • LexiconD1

      These are blacks, it’s more like three or four generations…

    • IBWHITE

      My brother said during the rioting a Michael Jackson “impersonator” distracted a large group of Bantu’s by standing on top of a van and singing while performing a “moon dance.” He stated that many of the rioters quit throwing rocks and turned their attention to the entertainer like they were under some type of trance. Anyone else hear about this?

    • GB101

      Is she becoming a celebrity or a laughing stock? It’s only property. Give the mob space to destroy. It will be interesting to see how she is perceived as time passes.

      • To us, she’s a laughing stock. To the people that matter and the people she really cares about, she’s becoming not only a celebrity, but a genius. Remember, the man with one eye rules in the land of the blind.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      And, with our current Republican “Leadership,” that scenario will undoubtedly continue…

  • Mack0

    The mayor is dreaming of all the government money she’s likely to get to rebuilt that crap city.

    • LexiconD1

      I think THAT is exactly what she was thinking of.

    • listenupbub

      Or to take for herself and her political connections.

  • MekongDelta69

    ‘You are God damn right it was.’

    Of course it was. I wish he could say it publicly without losing his job and getting ‘Loretta Lynched.’

  • Usually Much Calmer

    “In an interview broadcast Wednesday on ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show,’
    President Barack Obama said the Baltimore riots show that police
    departments need to build more trust in black communities. He called on
    police departments ‘to hold accountable people when they do something
    wrong’ and said Attorney General Loretta Lynch is reaching out to mayors
    about resources to retrain police and provide body cameras.”

    Hm. The music has changed but Obama is singing the same old tune. How gauche.

    • Uncle_Dan

      Will politicians wear body cameras?

      • Usually Much Calmer

        Ha! Your point is that in the short term, of course not?

        But in the long term you know that if they do, the the position will simply select even harder than it does now for people with no souls. Dog help us then.

  • Who Me?

    And what happens sometime down the line when the National Guard doesn’t work to keep the rioting savages in check? Martial law enforced by U.N. troops?

    • phillyguy

      no ,,Chinese troops ,by then we will be a third world country with a third world economy,with a majority of blacks and browns and Muslims. China will control all of the money and the troops.
      all thanks to our government .

      • Samuel Hathaway

        We may become a third-world hell-hole, but look at the bright side. We have diversity. Celebrate… even if you have to fake it.

      • Paul Franken

        And ‘thanks’ to the ‘amish’ agenda.

      • Uncle_Dan

        That might be an improvement. At least they are realistic.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      Individual white citizens, exercising their Second Amendment rights, and seizing the opportunity to do what we SHOULD have done in the 1960s…

  • Xerxes22

    Too bad Geraldo got out in one piece.

  • LS Wight

    Do you see a pattern here? Militarized police were always just a self fulfilling black prophecy in the USA. This is the black bolshevist revolution and Africans are the foot soldiers of the police state.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      They are the Myrmidons of the communists, and have always been…

  • superlloyd

    This dumb, ignorant woman keeps contradicting herself. Her stupidity and lies are transparent and showcase the chaotic thought processes of the educated negro. God spare us from these black “high achievers”.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      Dems got mo degrees dan a thermometer, but dey branes still bees under-evolved…

  • listenupbub

    He called on police departments ‘to hold accountable people when they do something wrong’

    This is exactly what we try to do, until black city politicians step in and declaw police, because, you know, those are their brothas and sistahs who the po-po are lockin’ up!

    The people on the opposite side of the political spectrum from Obama would love to have tougher police, tougher penalties, tougher jails, public shaming, physical punishment, and more capital punishment. And then, when police use their guns in self-defense, Obama and his ilk say that it is police brutality.

    Self-contradiction? Inability to understand the content of what you are saying? It is an IQ thing.

    • GB101

      It is discouraging, isn’t it? A responsible leader would say NOTHING in these circumstances except “we will stop the rioting.” No “on the one hand… and on the other hand.” No crap about root causes. Deal with the mob and mayhem now; other things wait; no comment on anything else til peace is restored.

  • I swear, during these riots, I’m getting the sense that Liberia’s government is more responsive and active than Baltimore’s in times of distress for the city/nation.

    • dd121

      Not really. They did virtually nothing during the Ebola outbreak.

      • John Smith

        More dead negroes is a net positive for a country.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          A+

        • AFlaVet

          Yea..but they’re not here.

          • John Smith

            Wherever they aren’t, the crime rate declines.

  • dd121

    If they stand down long enough, there won’t be anything left to sit on.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Like Ray Nagin, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is another Affirmative Action fool in far over her head.

      On July 9, 2014, Nagin was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment, and more than $585,000 in restitution and forfeiture.

      On Sept. 3, 2014, a judge deemed Nagin indigent …Nagin claimed to be near penniless and said he was receiving food stamps support. Nagin reported to the Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana, a prison camp, on Sept. 8, 2014.

      Wonder how average cop feels now knowing she is a member of the President’s Task Force on Policing.

      Legacy of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

      Was there a 7th inning stretch today at Camden Yards?

      Will anyone go back there?

      • dd121

        It seems to be the policy of baseball to locate ballparks in the blackest part of the inner cities. I go see a game maybe once every two years. Suppose that has anything to do with the decline of baseball?

        • Usually Much Calmer

          $40 crap seats don’t help.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            To pay those outrageous salaries…

        • GB101

          In Atlanta the Braves will soon not be in Atlanta, but in a suburban county.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered the police to stand down as riots and looting broke out across they city

    Same as Los Angeles, Ferguson and Benghazi.

    Even the President of the United States couldn’t resist getting in on the action after the mayor got the word out to defeat “structural racism” – or maybe POTUS was after free toilet paper.

    I did enjoy watching geraldo rivera almost get his clock cleaned last night…

    • John Smith

      Best ever was when he got hit in the face by a klansman with the chair.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Wonder if that is on Youtube somewhere?

        • John Smith

          I’m sure.

  • TL2014

    Get the hell out of my western civilization, savages!

  • martinstuart

    A lot of politicians have electoral majorities that include a large amount of criminals and welfare bums, which puts these politicians in a tough spot.

  • GB101

    The Fox reporter said his source quoted the mayor as saying “it’s only property.” I wonder what the mayor would think if the property were HER property.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      She’d be SHRIEKING, like they do whenever they become the victim…

  • Earl P. Holt III

    No nigro Mayor wants to see harm come to even one black resident, because each injury represents five or six votes lost to them in the next election…

  • Cookie Rus

    I think the defenders of the Dindus are going to be in for a rude awakening after they get what they only think they want regarding these body cameras. For every isolated example of police misconduct that get captured by them, there will we tens of thousands of hours of savagery captured in hi-def for the courts and the public to digest. I for one can’t wait for the body cam video from the next police encounter with a “gentle giant”.

    • jambi19

      Bingo. These people running around screaming for body cameras on police officers are hilarious. They seem to think that the cameras will record many instances of police brutality. Mark my words these same hysterics will be talking about how “raycis booty camras b yo” when we get the daily chimpout broadcast on the news. Google: atlanta mall cop

  • 0jr

    everybody that was a victim during the riots should sue the mayor for dereliction of duty

    • AFlaVet

      The POS no doubt has immunity.

  • Jack Burton

    Third World lumpenproletariate like to “protest” at night. They have no jobs, they sleep all day, eat a bowl of cereal, smoke some weed, knock back a 40oz and then IT’S TIME TO VANDALIZE AND LOOT, er, PROTEST FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE!