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“There is right now over 50 of us officers who are immediately asking for [Baltimore Mayor] Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to step down for what she did to us Monday,” the caller told WBAL radio host Derek Hunter.
The Baltimore mayor has denied giving “stand down” orders and blamed the media for misinterpreting her comments about providing “a space” for protesters to loot.
Meghann Harris, a teacher at a nearby school, described on Facebook what happened:
Police were forcing buses to stop and unload all their passengers. Then, [Frederick Douglass High School] students, in huge herds, were trying to leave on various buses but couldn't catch any because they were all shut down.
No kids were yet around except about 20, who looked like they were waiting for police to do something. The cops, on the other hand, were in full riot gear, marching toward any small social clique of students…It looked as if there were hundreds of cops.
As Meghann Harris put it, "if I were a Douglas student that just got trapped in the middle of a minefield BY cops without any way to get home and completely in harm's way, I'd be ready to pop off, too."
Once a predominantly industrial town, with an economic base focused on steel processing, shipping, auto manufacturing, and transportation, the city experienced deindustrialization which cost residents tens of thousands of low-skill, high-wage jobs.
The city now relies on a low-wage service economy, which accounts for 90% of jobs in the city.
Baltimore's history and attractions have allowed the city to become a strong tourist destination on the East Coast.
In 2013, the city hosted 23.9 million visitors, who spent $5.15 billion.
( or will 'tourism' be increasing with ...
10,000 national guard-n-police? )
originally posted by: Shamrock6
Couple things: the one witness described "herds" of kids standing around because police were forcing them off buses or not allowing them to board...and then says there was only about "20" kids there? Which is it?
I'm also confused as to why people are surprised/whatever cops showed up at a place there was supposed to be a protest and/or riot, when it was well known the "purge" was supposed to kick off there?
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: MALBOSIA
"Police were forcing buses to stop and unload all their passengers. Then, [Frederick Douglass High School] students, in huge herds, were trying to leave on various buses but couldn't catch any because they were all shut down. No kids were yet around except about 20, who looked like they were waiting for police to do something."
Sounds to me like she's confused as to which story to stick with. Either she's changing her story, mid-story, or she's presenting things she heard as if she witnessed it personally.
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 buses 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.