Looting, setting fires not part of just cause in Baltimore demonstrations

EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Things may have finally settled down in Baltimore, but looking back at the situation, can anyone explain to me what justifies rioting, looting, setting fires to other people’s livelihood or throwing rocks at police? I believe in protest but that is not what this was.

This is criminals gone wild and using the death of a young man as an excuse. It really makes me mad. It seemed to me that the peaceful protests were starting to get answers from the police in Baltimore. Apparently some people don’t agree or think those answers aren’t coming fast enough so they riot.

This is criminals gone wild and using the death of a young man as an excuse. It really makes me mad. It seemed to me that the peaceful protests were starting to get answers from the police in Baltimore. Apparently some people don’t agree or think those answers aren’t coming fast enough so they riot.

Those who are trying to get justice for Mr. Gray should be doing whatever they can to stop others from this kind of behavior. It does nothing for their just cause, but make people who are on the justice side angry and less inclined to stay the course. Now the National Guard is in Baltimore and this should have never happened.

I have yet to see what they originally stopped the gentleman for but he was obviously incapacitated to the point they had to drag him to the van. That is when the police should have waited for the taser to wear off or called an ambulance. Instead they gave him harsh treatment by starting and stopping the van with the suspect unbelted to protect him.

This kind of police “ride” should be abolished and those officers who partake of such punishment need to be off the force. They make the good police officers look bad. Such behavior reflects badly on the entire community. It is so glaringly obvious we have a race issue here as well as a police issue. It is way past time to put all this to a stop and learn to work our issues out peacefully.

I wonder if I will see it happen in my lifetime.

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Darlene Vann is a resident of Edgewater and has been with the 24/7 Internet newspaper from the onset. She likes to write about the lighter side of life, but sometimes feels compelled to tackle some of the tougher issues.