I don’t care what your particular beef is, there is no excuse to riot and loot. It plays right into the hands of the Statists. Reason says it best:
“This kind of violence is always wrong, even when it arises out of legitimate concerns about police brutality. That the criminal justice system is barbaric and in desperate need of reform is not an excuse to set cars on fire, or rob convenience stores, or throw rocks at anyone: cop, civilian, or bystander. Violence is violence, and it’s wrong. That’s a foundational principle of libertarianism, for one thing.
For another, looting and rioting do not inspire support for police reform. Rather, such violence provides law enforcement and its supporters the exact justification they need to escalate their efforts.”
The Freddie Gray death-in-custody begs countless, real and important questions. It sounds like the same systemic problems infecting police forces and the justice system nationwide are rampant in Baltimore. The fact that the only “crime” he was guilty of was carrying an “illegal” knife led to his death is illustrative of just how out of control things have gotten.
I have a problem with the Baltimore Police Department as an institution. That doesn’t mean that I am not praying for the safety of the individual cops manning the line between civilization and the animals. The problem lies farther up the chain of command, starting with a mayor who wants to “allow space for those who wish to destroy“.
What is even more astounding is that some douche-canoe actually stabbed a firehose. Firefighters, whose sole job it is to protect the lives and property of the citizenry, were put at risk. As someone who has worn the gear, I can imagine the feeling the firefighters must have experienced when their hose began to lose pressure. I have been hit in the helmet by a beer bottle when putting out a pile of fireworks, but it was a bunch of drunken losers, not a mob in the throws of a riot. If the mayor does not allow the police to get control of the situation, I do not blame anyone for refusing to rush out in front of the lines unsupported.
Firefighters have already been physically attacked.
How is that Hopey-Changy thing working out for you?