While I generally take a skeptical view of those whining about this, I find it somewhat entertaining that a solid leftist state like Maryland is having to confront this issue. Racism has always been a Democrat thing.Baltimore (AFP) - Protesters targeted businesses and smashed police cars in downtown Baltimore as the biggest demonstration yet over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent.More than 1,000 people had joined an orderly 90-minute rally at Baltimore city hall on Saturday, demanding justice for Freddie Gray, 25, who died last Sunday from spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in the city's impoverished west side.But the mood shifted dramatically when scores of protesters moved to the vicinity of the Camden Yards baseball stadium, scene of a twilight Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox game.
UPDATE: Of course the race hatred promoters (Obama, Holder, and much of the news media) will never admit the part they played. From AP:
Meanwhile, a smaller "splinter group" looted a convenience store and threw tables and chairs through storefront windows, shattering the glass. One group smashed the window of a department store inside a downtown mall and, at one point, a protester tossed a flaming metal garbage can toward a line of police officers in riot gear as they tried to push back the crowd.
Earlier, a group of protesters smashed the windows of at least three police cars and got into fights with baseball fans outside a bar.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said roughly 1,200 officers were deployed downtown and across the city to try and keep the peace. At least five officers were injured and 12 people were arrested. Batts said he believes the "very violent agitators" are not from Baltimore.
"I'm proud of our residents," Batts said. "The majority of the people here did a great job."
But Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was "profoundly disappointed."