Baltimore Councilman: 'System' Has Failed 'Under-Educated' Looters and Rioters

Susan Jones | April 28, 2015 | 8:38am EDT
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Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

( - Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby says the rioting in Baltimore "is young folks of the community showing decades old of anger, frustration, for a system that's failed them.

"I mean, it's bigger than Freddie Gray," Mosby told Fox News Monday night. "This is about the social economics of poor urban America. And, you know, these young guys are frustrated. They're upset. And unfortunately, they're displaying it in a very destructive manner.

"You know, when folks are under-educated, unfortunately, they don't have the same intellectual voice to express it the way other people are doing. And that's what we see due to violence today."

Mosby emphasized that the violence is "wrong" and "never acceptable."

But he called it a symptom: "What I'm trying to articulate to you is, when we look at communities like this in urban America, lack of education, lack of commercial development. Lack of opportunities. It's the social economics of it. It has nothing to do with West Baltimore or this particular corner in Baltimore. This could erupt anywhere in socially, economically deprived America."

Mosby said the same factors are evident in sports rallies: "when Kentucky lost their basketball game, we saw crowds that loot and flip over cars and stuff. But unlike, but unfortunately, you know, all the 95 percent of the positive rallying that has been occurring here in Baltimore, the national media is going to focus on this. And that's the problem."

Asked if the grievances stem from police treatment or poverty, Mosby said it's "a lot of different things."

"You know, decades-old of failed policies, you know, decades old of lack of development for these communities. I mean, it's a lot that pours into it and these young boys are speaking tonight unfortunately in a very wrong way."

Mosby said he and other men in the community came together, talked to police and asked them to back off: "We told them would be able to kind of talk to the young guys out here. And we asked them to back up, and they did it. It worked out," he said, even as television footage showed people looting a liquor store.

Billy Murphy, the attorney for Freddie Gray's family also pointed to the failed education system as a contributing factor to Monday's violence:

He told CNN on Monday that the violence in Baltimore was started by teenagers -- "kids who are disconnected from the overall group of people in Baltimore who are productive in society. These kids have had bad experiences in school.

"They are frequently harassed by the police. They are unemployed because there's no summer jobs."

"These kids are bored," Murphy added. "They have nothing to do. They have few recreational facilities. The education system has failed them. Many of them come from homes that are more than broken."


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