Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: I want to sincerely thank police department, law enforcement partners;For what does she thank the Police Dep't., murdering her constituents & causing violent demonstrations? Throwing rocks & bottles at the people of Baltimore? Just being their murdering pig selves?
Good illustration of what's wrong, not just w/ the Mayor, who would appear to have been sitting on her ass as all this crap happened before Freddie Gray was murdered under color of authority, but w/ the whole fucking city & gov't. like this, why shouldn't it be burned to the ground?
Imagine instead if Lemon had taken a moment to ask Rawlings-Blake to account for the fact that the city she runs has paid out millions of dollars in settlements to (mostly black) victims of police brutality. Or grilled her on just why she thought Freddie Gray had wound up with his spine almost completely severed while in police custody. Or why Gray’s so-called “rough ride” fits so neatly into a long-running pattern of police misconduct. Or what Rawlings-Blake and Hogan planned to do to curb an apparently out-of-control police force. Or even why the two most powerful public officials in Maryland thought that their biggest city was in such a deeply combustible state, and why a large swath of Baltimore’s citizens so clearly regarded the police as an enemy.Instead, she kisses up to the real criminals. Pathetic.
Also from Salon:
Confront them at gunpoint,
The police are the problem: Why it’s time to take on Maryland’s cop unions
If lawmakers in Baltimore are serious about reform, they'll have to confront tyrannical police unions first