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.
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.