"I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech," the mayor said. "It’s a very delicate balancing act, because, while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw."
Rawlings-Blake, who attempted to walk back her comments when the protesters took her up on it, also threw her police department under the bus, calling them racists. But guess who she wants to pay for the damage caused by her failed leadership? That's right - you and me.
The mayor has begun the process to request up to 75% of the estimated $20 million in damages and staffing costs incurred during the rioting. She gave the people of her city permission to protest, then gave them permission to turn it from a protest to a full scale riot complete with destruction of property (approved by her) and now wants the good citizens of the United States to pay for it.
No offense to the decent, law-abiding citizens of Baltimore but she made your bed and now you all must lie in it. Perhaps you'll take pause for consideration when she comes up for re-election.
In other news, police in Cape May, New Jersey, have arrested 19 juveniles and 1 adult involved in sending nude and partially nude photographs of female students to male students via text message in Cape May High School and a Cape May middle school. Police confiscated 27 phones during the investigation and have charged all 20 with violation of privacy. Although the ages of the females are not mentioned, since there have been no child pornography charges filed one could guess that the females were at least 18 or deals have been made to protect the identity of the females.
The names of the minor are being withheld for privacy purposes and the name of the adult is being withheld because prosecutors believe some of the students could be identified because of their association with the adult.
Sexting (sending sexual remarks and photographs between cell phones) has become nearly an epidemic among minor children these days. Kids with cell phones are putting their naked pictures not only on the cellular waves but on the internet as well. Most parents have no idea their child would do such a thing. Too bad they often find out when the police get involved...