Massive, violent, destructive protests have reached a disgusting new low in Baltimore - in apparent collusion with the mayor, who stated the city's policy to be "a balance between 'freedom of speech' and 'space to destroy'" meaning a right to "riot, loot, burn and commit mayhem" without consequences.
Is this chaos and lawlessness a new "normal" for urban society?
City officials permitted thugs, vandals and dysfunctionals to degrade law enforcement and our venerated republican form of governance (with a separation of powers guaranteeing liberty and justice for all) in a once-proud American city less than 50 miles from our nation's capital? What business would want to re-invest, rebuild and employ in such a place?
Strange, violent, even fatal, incidents happen in police vans - which may require months of independent investigation to determine the truth. Rioters and saboteurs of police and fire personnel and equipment don't help find accurate answers.
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We have proven institutions and methods to resolve these incidents - provided we can maintain strict law enforcement plus patience, restraint and a genuine commitment to peace, safety and justice by and for all.
The cause of the lawlessness was not Freddie Grey, oppression or racism; not just a lack of useful education or opportunities; not just poverty or fatherless families - but rather an absence of political leadership; disappointment in one's own niche in life; and the communities' tolerance of welfare, drugs and criminality.