It made me sick to watch those lawless thugs wreak destruction throughout Baltimore Monday night while the police and city officials stood by and did nothing. The mayor of Baltimore and the governor of Maryland looked completely incompetent. They apparently ordered the police to back off while Baltimore burned. But even worse were those people who made excuses for the animals who were destroying the city. They claimed that those hooligans were doing what they did because they had nothing to lose. I say the police should have made it clear to them that they did have something to lose.
The death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police while he was in their custody was tragic, and whoever was responsible for it should be punished severely, but it is absolutely no justification for rioting and looting. The police should have crushed that kind of outburst with an iron fist. No mercy or understanding should have been shown to any of those thugs. Some foolish people will now try to rebuild and repair those parts of the city that fell victim to all the chaos. However, the hoodlums will likely destroy it again. So what good would it do?