Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings said she and her administration intentionally gave the violent protesters “space” to “destroy”, riot, loot, cause mayhem and attack people. The Mayor simultaneously said the violence was from outsiders; however, a review of last nights arrest records finds 31 out of 35 arrests were local Baltimore residents.
BALTIMORE – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a coalition of two dozen interdenominational leaders issued a “call for peace” Sunday after 35 people were arrested and six police officers were injured in protests over the death of Freddie Gray..
The Police Department in the afternoon released a list of the names of the 31 adults arrested, omitting those of the five juveniles.
Despite police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts’ insistence that a minority of out-of-town instigators caused the violence, online court records Sunday showed that only three of those arrested during Saturday’s protests were from outside Maryland.
“While the vast majority of arrests reflect local residency, the total number of arrests does not account for every incident of criminal activity,” police said. “The Baltimore Police Department believes that outside agitators continue to be the instigators behind acts of violence and destruction.”
Multiple storefronts were vandalized and several police vehicles were damaged, police said. Other property damage was reported, but police did not immediately provide further information. (read more)