DC Trawler

Did Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Order The Cops To Stand Down?

If you’re wondering why there were so many police on the street in Baltimore the other night, yet so many people were hurt and so much property was destroyed, here’s a possible answer.

FoxNews.com:

Despite a firm denial by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a senior law enforcement source charges that she gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night, raising more questions about whether some of the violence and looting could have been prevented.

The source, who is involved in the enforcement efforts, confirmed to Fox News there was a direct order from the mayor to her police chief Monday night, effectively tying the hands of officers as they were pelted with rocks and bottles.

It’s an anonymous source, so take it with a grain of salt. But it doesn’t seem far-fetched, considering what we’ve seen from Rawlings-Blake over the last few days. First she said she was giving rioters “space to destroy,” then she claimed she never said that, then she admitted she said it but meant the exact opposite. Now she’s apologizing for calling the rioters “thugs,” even though they’re definitely thugs. She’s not really leaving an impression of strong, decisive leadership.

Oh, wait. Expressing such an opinion is both racist and misogynist. We shouldn’t hurt her feelings, just because her incompetence is directly hurting people.

If you’re a victim of the rioting in Baltimore, do the right thing. Admit your guilt. Apologize for killing black people. This is all your fault.

Update: “Let them loot, it’s only property.”