The Mayor of Baltimore acknowledged in a press conference today that the taxpayer-funded $6.4 million dollar payout to the family of Freddie Gray was partly a measure to prevent further riots.
Baltimore was gripped by days of rioting at the end of April in response to the death of Gray, who died while in transport in a police vehicle. During the unrest, over 300 businesses were damaged and 27 stores looted, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency and the deployment of the National Guard.
“Faced with the prospect of significant legal expenses involved in an extended federal lawsuit as well as the potential liability that could come with an unfavorable jury verdict, our city’s attorneys came to the conclusion that the $6.4 million is in the best interest of protecting taxpayers,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
“The Mayor says a big number like this could stop more riots,” explained Fox News’ Peter Doocy.
“She’s hoping to buy off the mob!” commented Jim Hoft.
The Baltimore Board of Estimates also acknowledged that the civil settlement had nothing whatsoever to do with the criminal case underway and that its purpose was to “bring an important measure of closure to the….city.”
Rawlings-Blake’s admission echoes what she said in the aftermath of initial unrest that occurred earlier this year before the bigger riots erupted.
During a press conference, the Mayor admitted she directed authorities to provide “those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” In other words, police were ordered not to stop looters and violent mobs.
It was subsequently confirmed that cops were told not to protect private property, contradicting Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts’ claim that no stand down order was given.
Wicomico County Sheriff Michael Lewis said he was sickened at hearing of the stand down order.
“I was sick to my stomach like everybody else,” said Lewis. “This was urban warfare, no question about it. They were coming in absolutely beaten down. The [city officers] got out of their vehicles, thanked us profusely for being there, apologized to us for having to be there. They said we could have handled this, we were very capable of handling this, but we were told to stand down, repeatedly told to stand down.”
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