Media beat up Trump for sending troops to DC. Don’t they remember when Obama sent them to Baltimore? Throwback to April 2015…
The city of Baltimore was poised for military-enforced lockdown on Tuesday in an effort to prevent another night of rioting over the death of a young black man, as President Obama urged the US to begin “soul-searching” over its growing crisis in race and policing.
About 1,500 US national guard troops lined the streets and residents were ordered to stay inside their homes once a 10pm curfew went into effect, as police chiefs conceded rioters had “outnumbered us and outflanked us” during violent clashes into the early hours.
The military deployment proceeded as activists warned of a critical moment. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said America was “in the throes of a national crisis” as the Urban League declared a “state of emergency of tremendous proportions”.
Condemning the rioters as criminals, Obama nonetheless delivered his sharpest criticism of law enforcement since a protest movement erupted last summer. “There are some police who aren’t doing the right thing,” he said.
“This is not new. It’s been going on for decades,” said Obama. “We as a country have to do some soul-searching.” In emotional remarks, the president called on the country to tackle the problems of impoverished black communities before they descended into crisis.
Obama spoke from the White House Rose Garden alongside Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was in Washington for talks on a trans-Pacific trade deal, while officers wearing body armour in western Baltimore began making more arrests.
About 235 people were arrested during violent clashes with police, looting and arson following the funeral of Freddie Gray on Monday. Police shot at rioters throwing bricks and bottles with teargas, rubber bullets and pepper balls. At least 15 police officers were injured, six seriously. Nineteen buildings and 144 vehicles were burned.
The unrest in Baltimore is the latest flashpoint in months of protest that have followed the fatal police shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
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