Baltimore mayor’s stunning comments: We gave rioters ‘space to destroy’

Baltimore’s mayor told reporters Sunday that she instructed police to give the mobs rioting over the death of a man in police custody “space” to carry on their orgy of destruction of private property.

“I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the media.

The rioters claimed to be protesting the death of Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries after his arrest in Baltimore April 19. But Rawlings-Blake’s description of “free speech” makes it clear at least some were bent on destruction, not demonstrations.

“It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” she said.

“And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”

Viewers were disgusted.

The primary purpose of government is to protect its people and their property — not to give those committing criminal acts free rein.

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