What was going on was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who gave the order to Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to "stand down" and to "Let them loot. It's only property."
On Tuesday, amid the smoking ruins of what had been profitable businesses, the Mayor defended her stance with the statement: "It's a very delicate balancing act, because, while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well."
So Mayor Rawlings-Blake, who incidentally is Black – and Democrat – admittedly deployed the police to "protect the looters from cars" and to "give them space to loot." Why does that not sound like what a Mayor's primary responsibility should be?
Oh, wait. Rawlings-Blake is a Democrat. And she is a particularly rabid Democrat, who served as Secretary of the DNC.
Rawlings-Blake was also a member of Obama's Policing Task Force last year, where she stated in written testimony: "The federal government can be a strong partner in our efforts in build (sic) better relationships between the police and community. A good start is a focus on better training for our police officers. They need to learn more than the logistics of policing, but also the broader significance of their role in our society."
So, in Rawlings-Blake's mind, the problem is not the criminals who break the law, but the police officers who are not adopting a "role in our society" over and above their job of enforcing the law and keeping the peace. No wonder she saw nothing wrong in telling the police to stand down and let the looters loot. That position makes perfect sense if you believe that the police are the reason the looters are looting in the first place.
But Rawlings-Blake is not the root problem in Baltimore. She is only a symptom. Baltimore, after all, is the city that has been sending Elijah Cummings to the US House of Representatives since 1996. It is a city immersed in the corruption endemic to all Democrat administrations.
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was promoted from head of the Baltimore City Council to Mayor in 2010 when previous Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned after being found guilty of charges of corruption. But Rawlings-Blake did not bring a fresh perspective to City Hall. On the contrary, she has for the past five years maintained business as usual – the business, in which she was involved as head of the City Council, of corruption, bribery, influence selling, and cronyism. If you want to know who Rawlings-Blake was really protecting Monday night, look at who printed the sign held by the protester in the above photo.
In 1965, Lyndon Johnson pointed to Detroit Michigan as a shining example of what progressive Democrat administration could accomplish. Fifty years later, after decades of Democrat administrations have progressively raped Detroit, we can truly see what Democrat control of a city can accomplish. Baltimore is fast devolving down the road to become the third Detroit. I say third, because at the moment Rahm Emanuel is ahead of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the race to become Mayor of Detroit II.