A riot within a riot? Apparently, such is possible as evidenced by an unidentified mother who smacked her own son for taking part in yesterday’s violent demonstration in Baltimore.
According to a report made by ABC affiliate WMAR, the boy’s mother was watching television when she noticed that her own child was among the crowd of demonstrators fighting against the police last Monday. Perhaps her motherly instincts were on point that day as she spotted her young son throwing rocks at authorities. Enraged at this sight, the concerned mother decided to take matters into her own hands.
Braving the chaotic crowd, the boy’s mother looked for her son. As soon as she found him, she confronted her child urging him to go home. However, her son resisted and this angered his mother. The unidentified mom, wearing an yellow top and light washed blue jeans, swiftly grabbed her boy and smacked him right in the face. Yells of “Are you kidding me?” were heard by several reporters.
The incident was caught on camera and videos of it are now circulating the internet. Upon its exposure to the public, it elicited some opinions most especially from authorities.
This mother-and-child incident, according to ABC news contributor and former FBI agent Steve Gomez, gives light in determining the best way to pacify violent groups like the one that broke out in Baltimore. He pointed out that only the demonstrators’ parents can keep them from participating in destructive riots.
Gomez explained that these demonstrators can only be controlled “if you get them separated, and you get their family, someone they respect, to lay into them.”
He said, “I don’t think they’re going to listen to anybody other than their parents or someone in their family that they respect.”
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts seems to agree with Gomez’s point. At a news conference last Monday, he emphasized the role of rioters’ parents by saying that they could have helped in the situation by disciplining their own children. In his statement, the police commissioner cited one mother who grabbed her son and hit him on the head.
“I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight,” Batts expressed.
Fifteen officers were injured during the Baltimore riot. The demonstrators also caused major damage to various local establishments.
[Image via WMAR]