Media Blackout: How Baltimore Cops Turned a Peaceful Student Protest Into a Riot

PM Beers
April 28, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Baltimore, MD — I’ve seen it too many times with my own eyes; peaceful protests where cops show up in riot gear and start agitating the crowd. First they arrest one or two people for no reason, then the crowd gets even more agitated. Based on experience I can predict that the uprising in Baltimore will not stop until the police back off.

According to Baltimore police, there is credible evidence that gangs have united to fight against police. The more likely scenario is that gangs have united to protest the police — which was confirmed by an interview released last night. When gangs stop fighting one another, cops get scared because police depend on gang fighting to justify their very existence. In response, Baltimore police put out warnings to shut down many parts of the city and brought out riot cops to agitate stranded high school students.

Reports from the ground indicate that it was police tactics that triggered a peaceful high school protest to turn into a full-scale riot. I’ve curated some first-hand accounts to show how the scenario played out in Baltimore yesterday:

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This is how Baltimore Police respond to high school kids practicing their first amendment rights:

An arrest agitates the crowd:

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Does this look like gang activity?

an arrest:

This sounds like a dispersal order but I’m not sure if it is:

Cops ready to riot:


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  1. I'm so sorry the world has become such a bad place. The DUKE University riot decades ago now seems not in dim veils of the past, it's here and now again.

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  2. Elitists way to create chaos, to create order out of chaos. This is how they chip away at our rights. Cops are here to protect and bidding of the elite.

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  3. You talk about the mainstream media "blackout " yet your ridiculous article skips over half the facts

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  4. This article skims so many facts it isnt even funny. I live 3 miles from this neighborhood. Several of my neighbors were there. There was no ill intent at first, things just went downhill fast as they often do when you put a line of 18 year olds in front of a line of cops.

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  5. The guy Was a career criminal for crying in the mud and destroying and burning and looting all the property what is that all about if you all had jobs I don't know where you get the time where I'm from we all work from sunup to sundown 7 days a week I don't know where you get the time you all need jobsI think all the cops she just quit go away then y'all be governed by those bugs that burned ended and then you can complain about them killing you

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  6. I'd say paintball pistols, but u know they'll likely come armed wit M-4s or equivalents an' ppl would hafta go!
    But seriously tho! Instead of looting an' destroying, we black ppl could still stay peaceful! If they intend 2 agitate us, then perhaps we should start shooting back! First da paint pistols, then actual live rounds! Perhaps maybe then, police forces all over America would stop fuckin' wit regular citizens an' actually do what they're paid [by us] 2 do!
    And as 4 da mother an' da teenager, I'm kinda mixed on dat… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCuzgMbAWcw

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  7. You have GOT to be kidding. Those people started looting and setting fires before the cops even stepped in. Cops are NEEDED in these situations. These rioters are insane. They burned down a NURSING HOME. Arrest them all. Make Baltimore safer

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  8. If be cool with that if they also arrested every white person who riots after their sports team loses…

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  9. do tell us the facts Shawn … all the way from Massachusetts … lol

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  10. do tell us the facts Shawn … all the way from Massachusetts … lol

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  11. Like the ones being reported by the 'mainstream media'?

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  12. You're advocating for people shooting poilce? WTF is wrong with you? Shame on you.

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  13. Oh shit kids are looting and setting fires to buildings and acting like animals, let's run away. The cops show up for a reason….. They're there to disperse a crowd, not kill people like some of you say

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  14. Oh shit kids are looting and setting fires to buildings and acting like animals, let's run away. The cops show up for a reason….. They're there to disperse a crowd, not kill people like some of you say

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  15. you should also be arrested for crimes against Humanity. Though this Is beginning to look like a false flag that these business owners are doing this for Insurance money but still yet If they do Not have a sign In the window that says, "September 11 2001 Was An Inside Job" then they deserve to have their business destroyed.

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  16. you should also be arrested for crimes against Humanity. Though this Is beginning to look like a false flag that these business owners are doing this for Insurance money but still yet If they do Not have a sign In the window that says, "September 11 2001 Was An Inside Job" then they deserve to have their business destroyed.

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  17. Mikey Russo
    Shame on YOU 4 disagreeing, as rancid as police have been lately! R u some kind of cop apologist, tryna justify a cop's actions?

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  18. Too much confusion to get an accurate picture of the events. Sorry for those injured but this was bound to happen and as more police problems occur more is in the future. Unless the justice system reverts back to the Bill of Rights these events will become more common.
    REPEAL THE PATRIOT ACT NOW!!!!

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  19. How about the fact that if all these "kids" had parents that raised them correctly none of this would of happened. How about how if the rest of them were actually active members of the community and had jobs this wouldn't of happened. Lets not forget how all of them are destroying there own neighborhood. They are destroying the property of there neighbors and friends. How is this the polices fault? It doesn't matter if they came out like they did or if they ignored it. These idiots had the intentions of destroying everything either way

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  20. Shawn Gagnon You should really do some kind of research. If that's your view of this situation you have your eyes closed

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  21. Bunch of BS. You are just trying to aggravate the problem. The only injuries I have read were the cops getting hurt and some even ending up in the hospital. Nowhere have I read of serious injuries on minorities. Get you facts straight before writing articles trying to incite hate and more violence

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  22. "peaceful protests where cops show up in riot gear and start agitating the crowd. First they arrest one or two people for no reason, then the crowd gets even more agitated. Based on experience I can predict that the uprising in Baltimore will not stop until the police back off." Yea, and it was also the Jews fault the Nazis tried to exterminate them. The Nazis were peaceful but the Jews "agitated" them, inciting the holocaust.

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  23. Nick Ramsby, Well, if i read that right, shes basically saying.. The guy that died was a career criminal and most likely had previous violent encounters with the cops. The riots are basically over a piece of trash that doesnt deserve to be rioted over, and that the people that are burning, looting, and creating violence and choas over this dont have jobs apperantly. Because normal people wouldnt have the time to devote to this sort of thing.

    She also said something that i concur with… That the police should just leave and let the mass of degenerates govern themselves… The way nobody complains about the police causing problems now… and later be able to complain that they burned their whole city down for nothing.

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  24. o well how u think we feel when were getting shot at by white fuckn police man that not doin there job u should be asking wrf is wrong with them!

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  25. Shawn Gagnon You said "this article skips over half the facts" yet you fail to include one fact in your racist rant. Good job mate

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  26. Shawn Gagnon Last time I heard, when you find a major injustice has been done, you are SUPPOSED to protest it. They did that. Peacefully…and people got arrested even though they were not breaking the law. The cops showed up to a peaceful protest in riot gear. They also shut down the schools, and shut down the public transport which was the only way for most of those kids to get home from those same schools. Suddenly the area was full of even MORE kids because they had no way to get home. Even those kids just WALKING AWAY (not a part of anything) … the ones willing to walk a long way to get a train from another location – they were also targeted.

    Look I know you don't want to believe it. People are raised to believe that the cops are good and are there for good reasons. But police officers honestly DO real things that are very wrong in a lot of US cities. This isn't even a new thing.

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  27. (more)
    Back in the late 90s there was a concert of popular punk rock groups at a club in Portland Oregon. It was set for late on a Sunday night (or early Monday morning depending on your point of view).

    Now this concert drew a lot more people than had been expected because these were popular groups. However the cops had been told before hand, that there was going to be trouble at the club, and to be ready for it. They all got to hear that every day for a a couple of weeks…to expect violence. They were told the bands were all "anarchists" and to expect violence and so they were all "hyped up", expecting something to happen.

    These people were not harming anyone. There was no violence, or seriously drunk people in public or anything. There were just more people than had been expected. This meant there was a slow down at the door and people formed a long line that eventually reached most of the way to the end of the block and drifted out into the (very empty and quiet) street. It was nice to know that all these people, from all over the place (with nothing in common but a taste for the same sorts of music) were managing to get along so well, when it was really cold and it took so much time to get into the warm club.

    A cop car came by just after midnight, and the police told the people out in the street to get back out of the street, so they did. They all got back on the side-walk. Everyone who had been in that group were inside within a half hour. Time passed.

    So the people who had been told to move (received a police warning) were all inside the club. However with so many people still showing up, a new crop of people had arrived and they were also drifting out into the street…and two police cars came by and told them to get off of the side-walk, which they did without any problems at all.

    About a half hour later, a little before 2am, there was a third response from the police.

    By then (once again) everyone who had heard the police say to "get off the side-walk" was inside & those in the line were all new people … drifting out into the street. This time a lot of police cars showed up from every direction and used their cars to blocked every exit out of the street. Over 50 Portland police officers in full riot gear poured inward from both directions and attacked everyone who was waiting outside. They used clubs and tear gas and mace, and kicked and punched people and bashed them with their plastic shields. At the end they had a whole lot of injured people lying on the ground. They arrested about 2 dozen people (most of them barely out of high school) and the majority of these needed immediate medical care (given on site). Over half a dozen people were so badly injured that they were checked in to the local hospital with serious injuries. I recall that 2 or 3 of them were so bad off that they wound up in the hospital for a month or so.

    THAT is the version of events that was on the local early morning TV news (4:30am), as I got ready to drop my daughter (still a young infant) off at my sisters house in Vancouver WA, and went to work back in Portland.

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  28. (more)
    I tried to keep track of the news that day, and if was strange knowing what had been broadcast in the early morning… and that the story kept changing as the day went on. It went from being an unprovoked attack by police in riot gear, on people waiting to get into a concert… to an extended piece on how the concert had been ADVERTISED specifically to attract dangerous anarchist punk rockers.

    By noon the MAINSTREAM radio news (and news breaks on radio from the local TV station) claimed that it had all been very intentional on the part of concert organizers. That they had people all the way up in Canada putting up flyers to get more anarchists all in the same place…people who were known to be "dangerous anarchists" (oit was now officially a PLOT).

    By the time I got home (long day, long commute) with my infant daughter is was almost 9:00 PM. I had dinner, she was in bed, and I turned on the 11:00 news (same station as I watched at 4:30am , different people in front of the cameras). This time it was described as a riot of "Well Organized Anarchists", brought in to Portland form all over North America, & as far away as Canada (which is only a few hours drive). They had been in communication with one another for weeks, and had used the concert of anarchist punk bands to stage a riot.. which had been broken up by the local police. The unconscious people in the hospital now had been "taken to the hospital with minor injuries".

    Oddly enough, only the one INDEPENDENT news broadcaster in the area followed up on this story (and continued to report both versions of the story to the public, and the fact that the story had changed over the course of the day). This was a local independent radio station. By midweek (72 hours later) every person who had been jailed, had the charges against them dropped and had been released (they had been held the maximum legal time & none of them were charged). The "conspiracy of anarchists, and the danger they had posed" was in the "main media outlet" news for the rest of that week.

    BY then only those still in the hospital had any charges pending against them. However by the time those people were well enough to leave the hospital … one at a time over several months… each one had the charges against them dropped when they were deemed fit to leave the place. The last of them was in the hospital for about 6 months.

    The entire story just vanished from the the "Network Affiliate" new stations…but that one independent radio station kept at it. They continued to follow the story from time to time, including the fact that a group of concert attendees were suing the police..
    ——- ——- ——-
    And again at the "Battle of Seattle" there were a whole lot of church groups at the G20 protest. The cops had been lectured for over a month to expect violence, and there wasn't any. Police officers started pulling people over the chain link fences to "their" side, made a ring, and began beating them. Soon there was tear gas being shot over into the crowd (who were still being peaceful). This crowd had a whole lot of old people and little kids in it, and then cops broke through their own barricades and attacked everyone. The real events were all captured on video, but the local news stations showed (and sent to the world) a high edited version of the supposed "riots". People had to go online to find continuous footage that wasn't "cherry picked" moments (to make it look like the protesters had rioted, but they didn't). All they did was show up, protest, and get attacked.
    ——- ——- ——-
    Then we have the "bicycle ride" that takes place every year (all over the USA) as part of an effort to get people to think about using other methods of getting to work. They had their permits for months ahead of time. And there they were riding down the street, obeying the laws, with local people waving "hi" at them. And then the cops showed up and started to run over the people on the bicycles. Those who got off their own bikes to help the injured were "bashed" and maced. A lot of people in bike shorts were arrested that day (all back and clue and bleeding) and a few wound up in the hospital. However the odd thing is that 2 months later not one person was still up on charges. All the "charges" were dropped…and the law suits from those in the hospital started to roll in.

    Police in this era are just as nasty as the ones who were at the Democratic National Convention back in the early 70s, bashing everyone – even official delegates in their suit & tie conservative clothing, just trying to get to the place they were SUPPOSED to be in… they got bashed and tear gasses too. Anyone and everyone was a target. A few of delegates were on camera (national TV)… one was bleeding from his head down the side of his face, telling the reporters "the kids are right. The police are pigs".

    Only these days the press is no longer as independent. There is more large corporate ownership, and the "fairness doctrine" has been dead for decades, so there is a lot more "massaging" the facts so that police attacking in a frenzy, become "police stop riots"… even when their is footage of them riding horses over a peaceful crowd.

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  29. uhhh, that isn't what the peoples with cell phone cameras saw EARLY on. They saw kids thrown out of school onto the streets, and no public transport to take them home. They saw a much smaller group of actual protesters.. including bloods and crips (???) standing side by side peacefully. The entire thing was captured on camera.

    Then again "the Battle of Seattle" was also captured on camera (lots of footage taken all over town) and most people (the ones who know it occurred) still believe the police version, despite lots of full color footage that shows the opposite. Nobody seems to recall the number of church groups that were present that day.

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  30. Shawn Gagnon Nothing you stated was a fact. "if their parents raised them right none of this would've happened" None of what would've happened? They are out there PEACEFULLY PROTESTING not doing anything wrong, what does that have to do with the way their parents raised them? If anything it shows that their parents raised them to stand up for what is right. "If they were active members of society and had jobs this wouldn't have happened" Well the article clearly states that they are STUDENTS so apparently the are doing something with their lives, furthering their education. And do you know them all personally? How do you know they are not active in the community and have no jobs? You're making foolish assumptions based on what evidence? And LASTLY nobody in any of the videos shown were destroying anything! So all of your "facts" are invalid.

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  31. There's a piece of this puzzle that just don't fit. Several pages missing from the Freddie Gray mishap. So I started digging on more about this state and the police. I found more on this, which seems to happen with van rides in the police dept. I went to school and studied Criminal Justice, because I love to help people and love solving puzzles, but the mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake she needs to be looking into this. There has been $7.4 million dollars awarded to the family of Dondi Johnson Sr., who was left a paraplegic in 2005 from a police ride, a year earlier, Jeffrey Alston was awarded $39 million by a jury after he became paralyzed from the neck down as the result from a van ride…There has been so many more that were paid off too. Here is the resources to where i received my information from. Since they have cameras on streets, alleys ect., They better start putting cameras in ALL POLICE VANS. THIS BLOOD SHED NEEDS TO STOP!!! What a waste of a city for this kind of senseless acts..the flames are heated on both sides, with not a ONE backing down. Honestly when I heard all the shouting and screaming on the news, for that spilt second…I thought, Irac again? Whats does that say for the USA? http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-gray-rough-rides-20150423-story.html#page=1

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  32. Shaquille Kajeguhakwa cause it totally only white people that do that…everyone so quick to point fingers instead of taking accountability for ones OWN actions. smh

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  33. People fail to realize why the riots started in the first place , maybe if some of you looked into that you would support the cause that these people are shooting for , innocent or not , black or not , you don't deserve to be treated like an animal in any system and by no one , our justice system is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty but we assume guilty before proven innocent , it's fucked up

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  34. This article shows no proof just a bunch of tweets. And guess where most of the blood and crisp hang out, at schools to recruit just like oiler military. And even if the police caused a backlash which I don't doubt, they didn't force anyone to burn down buildings and loot a CVS.

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  35. Shawn Gagnon Not *all* of them were breaking things. You forgot that part. One other bit too – that the city let the high schools out early at the same time they shut down the public transport, so the kids had no way to get home…. and were suddenly outside in large numbers in areas filled with riot cops. Nothing bad could POSSIBLY happen from that.

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  36. Ya, like the fact that the police shut down subways and school busses so people weren't allowed to go home. That's what cause the protest. Common sense people!

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  37. Of course police are scared when gangs unite because these gangs put out a hit list on cops. And of course police have to show up when thousands of people start protesting unexpectedly. There's usually a riot that follows because not everyone is going to be a peaceful protestor.

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