Baltimore descended into chaos Saturday night as hundreds of people engaged in wanton violence and looting, prompting a police crackdown and ruining any chance of real or meaningful protest against police brutality in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.
Rioters smashed up local businesses and parked cars, and attacked patrons:
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) April 26, 2015
— Reddit Subreddits (@subredditsbot) April 26, 2015
My report from Baltimore last night, including the only video of a big 9.15pm clash at the western district police HQ http://t.co/0iuP37Ehi4
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) April 26, 2015
— Shaughn (@Shaughn_A) April 26, 2015
Rioters intentionally targeted the Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards, where innocent American families were caught up in the trouble.
— Garrett Wingate (@Garrett_Wingate) April 26, 2015
— Kara (@karmba) April 25, 2015
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 25, 2015
Other agitators encouraged a police crackdown by throwing rocks and attacking police vehicles.
— سيباستيان العظيم (@CbazzThaGreat) April 25, 2015
The constitution guarantees citizens the rights to protest. Please remain peaceful. Several of our police cars have been damaged.
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 25, 2015
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) April 25, 2015
— deray mckesson (@deray) April 26, 2015
While the gathering had started off peacefully, so called ‘protesters’ from the Ferguson riots had traveled to Baltimore blatantly to instigate chaos:
— Baynard Woods (@baynardwoods) April 25, 2015
Some even encouraged looting:
— Alexiis Starr (@AlexiisStarr) April 26, 2015
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) April 26, 2015
— Tessa (@curlyque007) April 26, 2015
Meanwhile, the President was laughing and joking about being a lame duck and having a “f*ck it” attitude at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, just 40 miles away:
ALWAYS FUNNY: Obama Made a Funny About Taking Executive Action and White House Reporters Howled with Laughter http://t.co/QyUvJp9xm4
— slone (@slone) April 26, 2015
I want y’all to see the juxtaposition of DC’s media elite yukking it up @ the #WHCD while 45 minutes away hell is breaking loose in Bmore.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 25, 2015
As no shortage of people have pointed out, DC's most powerful sipping wine as people take the streets an hour away in Baltimore
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 26, 2015
In Ferguson and elsewhere, so called ‘protesters’, intent on narrowing the extremely broad problem of police brutality into an issue solely of race, have bizarrely targeted restaurants and diners, stirring up conflict and often bullying innocent people, including women and children.
The actions of these people will only encourage rational Americans to turn away in disgust, will provide the media with ample material to demonize all protest, and will exponentially WORSEN the problem of police authoritarianism.
— J Spencer Fox (@jspencerfox) April 26, 2015
— WakeUpAmerica (@MyCrazyAmerica) April 26, 2015
— Kourosh Shah (@ShahKourosh) April 26, 2015
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.