How The Baltimore Riots Began – With A Lot Of Help From The Police

lobbing rocksCourtesy of Mother Jones:

After Baltimore police and a crowd of teens clashed near the Mondawmin Mall in northwest Baltimore on Monday afternoon, news reports described the violence as a riot triggered by kids who had been itching for a fight all day. But in interviews withMother Jones and other media outlets, teachers and parents maintain that police actions inflamed a tense-but-stable situation.

Apparently, the police got wind of a plan by high schoolers  to meet at Mondawmin Mall at 3:00 p.m. and proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue toward downtown Baltimore. They also released information that gangs were planning to “take-out” officers. Where they got this information is anyone’s guess.

When school let out that afternoon, police were in the area equipped with full riot gear. According to eyewitnesses in the Mondawmin neighborhood, the police were stopping busses and forcing riders, including many students who were trying to get home, to disembark. Cops shut down the local subway stop. They also blockaded roads near the Mondawmin Mall and Frederick Douglass High School, which is across the street from the mall, and essentially corralled young people in the area. That is, they did not allow the after-school crowd to disperse.

In fact, the police stopped some of the buses and forced the kids to get off. And then one wonders when the kids couldn’t get home how a riot could possibly start!



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5 Responses to How The Baltimore Riots Began – With A Lot Of Help From The Police

  1. ProfessorCanine says:

    POGtastic @ reddit had this to say:

    This is intentional and is called “kettling.”
    The idea is that you can do the following:
    Limit the destruction to one area.
    Keep a close eye on the ringleaders / troublemakers and isolate them from the remainder of the crowd.
    Control dispersal in an orderly fashion, thus preventing the riot from starting elsewhere. You can also arrest people in an orderly fashion, if you want to go that route, too.
    In some circumstances, it might be reasonable crowd control, but it breaks down in practice. Personally, I don’t think it’s viable because it creates a siege mentality and guarantees a confrontation.

  2. ProfessorCanine says:

  3. lindak1961 says:

    “Where they got this information is anyone’s guess.” My guess: out of their asses.

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