I just dropped a twitter-bomb; here's the statement and text collected.
Ok, time to speak.
I’ve been RT’ing all morning along a specific narrative, to bring to light info MSM have been neglecting, concerning the events in Baltimore. On 4/19, 25y/o Freddie Gray was arrested by police, but never saw a second of due process. He was severely injured while in police custody – the van he was being transported in took 30 min to travel 3 blocks during which time he “experienced a medical emergency”; his spine was crushed at the neck nearly to the point of severance, and his larynx was also crushed – and died from his wounds.
4/27 was his funeral, during which time PEACEFUL protest groups took to the streets for the morning into the afternoon. Despite the nature of the protests, B-more area malls closed. Then the public transit system was closed just prior to schools letting out.
At a major pub-trans hub where STUDENTS TAKE THEIR BUSSES HOME, police rolled in already in riot gear. The police antagonized these teenagers who were already upset for the following reasons: 1) Someone in their city died in police custody, with no questions answered and no one held accountable 2) malls closing created an atmosphere of tension, heightened by police presence, 3) A released statement claimed the biggest gangs known to the general public had united and promised to bring violence to the police; this announcement was for mainstream media and its consumers, & gave police carte blanche to do whatever to any POC that they saw, 4) STUDENT’S ONLY MEANS OF GETTING HOME HAD BEEN CUT OFF.
When I say antagonized, there is VIDEO OF POLICE THROWING ROCKS @ STUDENTS (see RT’s), inciting them to return fire.
I don’t know if this was all orchestrated to incite violence which is now being used as “evidence” against protestors, or if this was just a perfect storm of municipal incompetence and continued racism on the part of the BPD, what I do know is that the story told on ABC/NBC/FOX/CBS is NOT the truth, via lies of omission.
Before you cast judgment on protests and protestors, consider this: Are you as upset over the destruction of property as you are over the loss of life? And how much of the full story are you aware of? Foreign news sources are far more impartial & thus tell the whole truth. Try reading The Guardian or Al Jezeera America, or any other legitimate foreign new source. You might be surprised. Try following folk live-tweeting from the action.@deray&@Nettaaaaaaaa are solid sources of info and links. For honest local reporting, follow @mattdpearce for news and solid links. I do not know any of those people, none of them interact with me. This is not a coerced endorsement of any sort.