How is lighting cars on fire and looting stores going to do anything? If you want to protest, do it peacefully. You want an end to the violence, but you have no problem critically injuring police officers and damaging property. Stop the violence. Blue lives matter.
The Justice Department has found that Baltimore police violated black residents’ civil rights.
Before Baltimore officers took Freddie Gray on a paddy wagon ride that would lead to his death last year, the local police force had been routinely violating civil rights and using brute force against residents in the majority-black Maryland city.
That’s the gist of a long-awaited report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice, which launched a probe of policing practices in the Baltimore Police Department following Gray’s death in April 2015.
Among its findings, the Justice Department said Baltimore officers disproportionately stopped and arrested African-American residents, often lacking probable cause and failing to tell arrestees why they were being detained. Hundreds of residents were stopped by police at least 10 times — some, more than 30 times — in the span of four years, according to the copy of the report that Mic obtained Tuesday night.
Justice officials also found that 82% of Baltimore Police Department’s traffic stops involved black drivers, even though they only accounted for 60% of the driving age population of the city. Officers had also used excessive force against residents and retaliated against those who spoke out against their tactics, according to the report.
Here are two cards i’ll be selling at MICA’s art market this week Dec. 9th-11th. If you’re in Baltimore, you should stop by and pick up a pair. The cards are screenprinted on French speckletone card stock.
If you’re a white follower of mine and you are offended over anything I reblog during this time, you can calmly unfollow me. I’m not going to filter my blog to spare your feelings. This space is pro-black and it will forever be that way.
Guys seriously please stop supporting the destruction in my city. This isnt about Freddie. His family has even said this isnt what they want. There are the protestors and then there are the rioters.
It’s so easy to sit behind a computer and believe absolute bullshit but when this is happening to YOUR home and YOUR friends and family, black, white, or fucking purple are watching their neighbors homes burn and their businesses get looted, this isn’t about peace anymore. Innocent people on both sides are being attacked.
No, the police aren’t all in the right, and no the rioters aren’t either. So stop. Innocent people will die on both sides because of this.
When the smoke comes down YOUR street, you will understand.
The riots in Baltimore have gotten way out of hand. Looting, stealing, raiding, and harming others is not protesting. People are getting seriously hurt and they’re lighting fires. Schools have been cancelled because it’s too dangerous to go outside.