[Watch] Baltimore Mayor: ‘We Gave Those Who Wished to Destroy Space to Do That as is Their Right to Free Speech’

Baltimore’s Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters that she instructed police to give the mobs rioting over the death of Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries after his arrest in Baltimore on April 19, “space to destroy” as is their right of free speech.

 “I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the media.

 “It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” she said.

“And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate.”

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