18 May 2015
CNN news reporter Josh Levs recently wrote an article about the riots in Baltimore, Maryland that took place in mid April of 2015. He titled his article, “Baltimore’s Handling of Riots Slammed as ‘Disaster’.” Members of the Baltimore community were protesting and rioting in the streets because they were voicing their concern and anger over the recent death of yet another young Black man. According to the article, “Baltimore has faced repeated protests over the case of 25yearold Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody” (Levs 1). Most people who live in downtown Baltimore are AfricanAmerican and simply sick and tired of young men dying because of their skin color. The article specifically discusses that much of the rioting took place by older high school students, like 1518 years olds, and their age caused the Baltimore Police Department to respond differently than it normally would. The article states that, “Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said there were about 300 police officers at the mall, but the ages of the rioters factored into the response” (Levs 1). Police members did not feel comfortable touching, threatening, tazzing, arresting, or arguing with children. Many of the young adults were eager to protest since the idea of purging and rioting was spreading like wildfire on social media during the school day. The group acted like an angry mob; they destroyed police cars, looted stores, set a CVS and police truck on fire, fought with police, and
screamed in the streets. Ultimately, the police were criticized for the way they handled the situation.
The events that took place in Baltimore are directly related to Harper Lee’s novel To Kill
. Tom Robinson was an innocent man who was only charged with a crime because ...
Cited: Levs, Josh. "Baltimore 's Handling of Riots Slammed as 'disaster ' CNN.com."
News Network, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 15 May 2015
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