VIOLENCE IS BEING PERPETRATED BY JUVENILES, THEY SAY …
|| By FITSNEWS || Baltimore’s gang leaders are refuting claims that they have united in an effort to kill white police officers. In fact they say they’ve been trying to stop the violence that has engulfed the city in the aftermath of the funeral of Freddie Gray – a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.
“The Criminal Intelligence Unit received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers,” Baltimore police said in a statement.
Gang leaders say that’s bogus …
“We want to tell the people of the city right now, of Baltimore City, that the image that they’re trying to portray of the gangs in Baltimore — The BGF, The Bloods, The Crips — we did not make that truce to harm cops,” a gang member told WBAL TV 11 (NBC – Baltimore).
“We did not come together against the cops,” he continued. “We’re not about to allow you all to paint this picture of us. We got soldiers out here right now that are dirty – we dirty. They threw bombs at us to try and stop what’s going on right now. You all are not about to do that to us.”
What’s not immediately clear is whether the gangs are actively trying to stop violence against police officers – or merely seeking to halt the senseless destruction of property in black neighborhoods.
“It’s really bad,” one Baltimore resident told FITS. “It’s juveniles right now causing this mess. It’s ridiculous. They don’t remember what that area was like when there wasn’t a CVS or (a) mall … the community worked hard to get that.”
“It’s really bad when the gangs are calling for (the violence) to stop,” the resident added. “They know what it was like when that area was completely impoverished.”
The resident added that violence is bad for gang business every bit as it is bad for above-board business.
“They can’t deal their drugs and whatever else they do in the midst of chaos and violence,” the resident said. “This is putting a serious damper on their business.”
The orgy of destruction began after Gray’s funeral on Monday – and so far has left fifteen police officers injured (including six of them seriously).
Many blacks believe Gray was injured – and denied prompt access to medical attention – during what’s known as a “rough ride.” That’s the term given when police deliberately drive vans transporting prisoners in a rough and reckless manner so as to cause the prisoners injury.
According to The Baltimore Sun, a pair of suspects won lawsuits after being paralyzed during prior “rough rides.”
Six Baltimore police officers have been suspended in the aftermath of Gray’s death, while multiple investigations into the incident are ongoing.
Whatever happened to Gray, there’s no excuse for the shameful behavior taking place in the streets of Baltimore … just as there was no excuse for the violence which rocked Ferguson, Missouri last year.
There was also no excuse for the response of Baltimore’s mayor – Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – who basically permitted the destruction of dozens of businesses, cars and homes. Not to mention numerous assaults on innocent white bystanders.
“We also gave those who wish to destroy space to do that,” she said.
On the orders of Maryland governor Larry Hogan, several hundred National Guard troops have been dispatched to Baltimore – along with local law enforcement officers from surrounding areas.
“It’s not going to happen again,” Hogan said of the violence.