Jack Kelly, Real Clear Politics:
“I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching” about the rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Bunk. “We, as a country” are not to blame.
First and foremost, blame resides with the thugs who looted stores, burned buildings and automobiles, and assaulted police officers and shopkeepers.
Next in order of culpability are the politicians whose belated and timid response allowed the thugs to run amok. The conduct of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been especially appalling.
When violence broke out April 25, city officials protected those who protested peacefully the death in police custody of drug dealer Freddie Gray, the mayor said, “and we also gave those who wish to destroy space to do that as well.”
I doubt that was what she meant to say, but when rioting broke out again Monday night, Ms. Rawlings-Blake ordered the police to stand down, a “senior law enforcement source” told Fox News.
Shopkeepers recounted how call after call to the police for help went unanswered.
How Mr. Gray suffered a severe spinal injury shortly after his arrest is not yet clear.
If police are responsible — six officers have been charged — it isn’t likely racism was a motive. Baltimore’s police chief is black. So are 48 percent of Baltimore police officers.