Rioting hurting everyone

Published 9:11 am Friday, May 1, 2015

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

The recent rioting in Baltimore is evidence of that adage.

Sparked by the suspicious death of a suspect, Freddie Gray, in police custody, more than 200 other people have been arrested, more than 20 police officers injured as well as other bystanders and dozens of businesses and cars damaged since the rioting began on Monday. Curfews were implemented, schools were closed and the Baltimore Orioles baseball game against the Chicago White Sox was postponed several times, until eventually the teams played with no audience.

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What started as peaceful protesting quickly turned to violence, looting and senseless vandalism.

The six Baltimore police officers who were transporting Gray have been suspended during the investigation, as they should have been. Gray was arrested April 12 after he made eye contact with officers and ran. After a chase, officers pinned him down and handcuffed him. They loaded him into a van and put leg cuffs on him when officers said he became “irate” in the wagon.

Police said Thursday they discovered a new stop the van made with Gray in it, but they did not say what happened. Gray was eventually taken to a hospital. He died a week later. Now, a prosecutor will decide if charges are to be filed against those officers.

All lives matter, even criminal suspects, but destroying a city and hurting innocent people is not justified. Burning and looting a community will not bring Gray back, nor aid in bringing anyone to justice for that death.

If those officers caused Gray’s death, they must be brought to justice in a court of law, not on the streets.

Rioting only hurts the community sets back strides in social justice much more than it helps.