Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is taking a very hands-on role to protect his city from thug rioters.
Earlier this week, Batts urged the Baltimore police to stay strong in their quest to defend the city from violent rioters. Now, he has proven he is not all talk as a series of photos show him taking down a rioter on the streets of Baltimore.
Baltimore descended into chaos over the weekend after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old black man who died of a spinal injury he received when he was taken down by police five days before.
On Monday, Batts appeared at a press conference in which he described the desperate situation his police force was in.
“This is not protesting,” he said as he addressed the looters directly. “This is not your first amendment rights. This is just criminal acts doing damage to a community.”
He went on to explain why the Baltimore police needed the help of the National Guard.
“They just outnumbered us and outflanked us,” he said of the protesters. “We needed to have more resources out there.”
Things only got worse for the Baltimore Police on Tuesday, when President Obama gave a speech in which he blamed the riots in Maryland on the U.S. police, instead of the looters themselves.
In his televised speech, Obama said:
“Since Ferguson we have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African Americans, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions. And it comes up it seems like, once a week now, or every couple weeks. And so I think it’s understandable that, and more importantly moms and dads across the nation saying this is a crisis.”
We applaud Batts for staying strong and inspiring his officers to stay strong and continue to protect the city of Baltimore. We support American police!