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How the Baltimore Mayor and Commissioner Helped Cause a Riot
Where are the mayor and the police commissioner? Really? The two of them should be fired if they refuse to step down. Right now, they're surely trying to figure out how to save their own bacon over their city being burned to the ground.
They're hiding because they allowed themselves to be cowed by media coverage that has attacked officers for doing their jobs when it comes to quelling riots that people insist on pretending are protesters because there happens to be some peaceful protesters in the area, too. They've patted themselves on the back repeatedly over the past days on how much "restraint" they've shown in dealing with this increasingly volatile and now outright violent situation.
Officers are still out there without full and appropriate protective gear and now being sent into these neighborhoods, but the problems these two started, began long before this.
A Series of Bad Decisions
The mayor and commissioner refused to put more officers on the streets today, despite knowing the volatile situation. They refused to plan to defend vehicles, leaving them unattended, and as you can see on TV, available to be easily destroyed . They initially sent an understaffed contingent of officers in shirt sleeves to "calm" the violence because the crowd control gear is "too militarized" according to some with big mouths and therefore somehow inappropriate. The only way to confront these people now is to get in armored vehicles and start going through and picking out the leaders and taking them off the street - but armored vehicles are a big no-no, because they're scary and the police don't need THAT much protection from the public.
What Bad Leadership Gives Us
Their efforts have resulted in 7 seriously injured officers, assaults on journalists, and who knows how many citizens trapped in their homes, and the complete reversal of any efforts made by people who have been peacefully working to try to improve things.
This is what happens when you based your police policies on the opinions of people who have no idea that putting a protective helmet on an officer and providing him with less lethal equipment (much existing because this is what people have demanded over the years as a middle ground between nothing and lethal weapons