B’more Councilman: ‘This Movement of Violence Is Their Voice To Say’ We Need You
MOSBY: "Well, Jose, ultimately, you know, the level that we saw last night of the violence, I was on the street, I was there until about 11:00. It's critically important. I mean it really showed that we weren't necessarily ready to take on what the youth of Baltimore was putting out. You know, was setting cars on fire, looting stores, breaking into homes and businesses, at the end of the day, we had to develop some type of tactical operations to ensure that we're proactive in this. The biggest thing is also about, you know, healing. How can we get from where we are today by cooling down all this violence to then start the process of trying to heal a community because these children, their actions are wrong, however they're begging for help, begging for support, at this point, unfortunately, this movement of violence is their voice to say, you know, America we need you, Baltimore city we need you, we need you to step up and kind of be there for us.
DIAZ-BALART: "So Nick, tell me, first of all, how widespread was this that you described in our conversation and also, what are some of the things that they want these people want to see changed?"
MOSBY: "Yeah. So it's interesting. It started out as a purge movement through social media. The Baltimore city public high schoolers said we're going to meet at a mall in west Baltimore, pretty close to where Freddie gray was ultimately arrested. And the police were prepared. They were there. They had about 50 to 70 officers, armored trucks, and kind of pushed the children south into the neighborhoods. And once it went south I mean Jose, I got trapped on north avenue about 4:40 yesterday they started busting out windows, it turned violent quickly. I don't think we were prepared for that level of violence. Immediately calling out for anything specific, you know, Freddie gray, is a culmination of systemic issues that have plagued communities like this a across this country. I think the children at the end of the day we raise our children to say you can be whatever you want, but unfortunately children in urban America at some point feel hopeless. When you don't provide them with the right educational structure and they can't intellectually cry out and beg out their frustration and anger, unfortunately you see it in violence. I'm not condoning any of the violence. This is unacceptable and we must stop it. As a country and city we must learn from this and provide true opportunities to our inner city youth."