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Fox News' Leland Vittert is reporting that on Monday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave a direct order to the police to stand down and not confront the rioters. While not named Vittert's sources were senior law enforcement officers.
My source tells me and it's a senior law enforcement source involved in trying to deal with these riots from the very beginning, that they were told by the mayor, the direct quote is, let them loot. It's only property. And the video tells a very telling tale. This is where I was standing on Monday night. This store behind me was looted. The liquor store across the street was looted and it wasn't on for hours. The other liquor store, the green building right there was looted as well. When all of that was happening, the police were standing the whole time. Just about at the top of the hill right there, they watched it all happen and did nothing, Dana. My source tells me that that was a direct order from the mayor down to the chief of police and then down to their police force to let this happen on Monday. Let the brick throwing happen and rioting happen.
The report on the Fox website adds, "Asked directly if the mayor was the one who gave that order, the source said: 'You are God damn right it was.'"
Baltimore Mayor Ordered Cops, 'Let Them Loot, It's Only Property'
originally posted by: Ettenurb
How many people are going to be kicked out of their apartments/homes because their workplace was butned down? Top to bottom there is nothing good about this script...err I mean situation.
originally posted by: Greathouse
a reply to: xuenchen
I doubt the question of her orders will ever truly be answered. But I myself would be in favor of the destruction of property versus a loss of life. As long as if she gave those orders she was willing to reimburse the businesses.
As to your mention of federal forces. I am not currently aware of any federal forces involved in Baltimore?
Baltimore Mayor: We Give Protesters Space to Destroy | Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Press Conference
Baltimore Mayor: We 'Gave Those Who Wished to Destroy Space to Do That' . Baltimore Mayor Says She Instructed Police To Give Protesters Space To Destroy.
originally posted by: beezzer
I was unaware that Baltimore had millions of dollars in surplus budget to pay for everything caused by the rioters and looters.
Learn something new every day.