From Conservative Tribune: The death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old black man who died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody, has become another divisive issue of alleged police brutality driven by racism and turned the city of Baltimore into a war zone during violent riots that took place on Monday.
As in Ferguson, Mo., people around the nation have been calling for the heads of the six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest, accusing them of being racist murderers before knowing the facts and using their anger to justify destructive behavior.
While a few black leaders like Al Sharpton are trying to stir up more tension in Baltimore, Army Sgt. Marcus Rogers released a statement condemning the behavior of the rioters while claiming that African Americans are turning a blind eye to a much bigger problem.
“If you’re out there rioting, you’re out there breaking people’s businesses that they worked hard to build, causing chaos in the streets, you’re out there throwing rocks at police and destroying police cars, do you understand that you’re actually doing more damage than good?” Rogers began in a video posted to his Facebook page.
“If Martin Luther King were here, a real civil rights leader … he would be disappointed in what you guys are doing,” he continued. “First of all, it’s hypocritical — you pick and choose when you want to stand up for what’s right.”
Rogers also pointed out the irony the more blacks are killed through “gang violence and abortions” by other blacks than any white oppression or police brutality.
“We need (to be) looking in the mirror, keeping it real. Stop making excuses. Stop trying to blame everybody else,” he concluded. “Let’s fix ourselves first.” (H/T Joe for America)
Since Rogers posted this on Monday, several charges have been leveled against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest, including manslaughter and second degree murder for at least one of them.
Still, it’s important to note that we do not yet know what really happened. The officers could be guilty, but until they are proven so, are they not to be considered innocent?
Regardless, Rogers’ message is clear that nothing excuses or give reason to the destructive riots that took place in Baltimore.