The president of the Baltimore City Council apologized for calling rioters “thugs” at a press conference Tuesday, calling those responsible for the violence “misdirected” youths.
Standing side-by-side with self-proclaimed gang members, Jack Young said that gang members stood in front of stores to prevent looting and retracted claims that gang members were targeting the Baltimore police.
“We are all Baltimoreans,” Young said.
Almost 200 people were arrested during Monday night’s riots.
At least 144 vehicles and 15 buildings were burned, according to the mayor’s office.