Baltimore mother Interviewed
Baltimore mother who slapped son at the time of riots: “I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray”.
The Baltimore mother captured on video continuously slapping her son as a result of seeing him throwing rocks at police during rioting in Baltimore mentioned to the News that she was only interested about protecting him.
That’s my only son and at the end of the day I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray,” Toya Graham stated, referencing the 25-year-old man who passed away soon after strangely suffering critical spinal injuries in police custody earlier in the month. His loss of life has triggered protests across the city, with hostilities boiling over Monday.
The video recording has been largely publicized as people seek solution to the disturbance, and it also attracted the observation of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
“I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight,” he expressed, according to CBS Baltimore.
“Friends and everybody making comments and saying you know, you shouldn’t be mad at your mother, you should give her a hug,” pointed out Graham.
“And by him seeing everything what’s going on I just hope, I’m not sure, but I hope that he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night.”.
Approximately 20 law enforcement officers were wounded in the riots and 1 individual was seriously injured in a fire, as confirmed by authorities. Police made 235 arrests, consisting of 34 juveniles.
The Baltimore mother says immediately after she bought her son home they both together kept an eye on news coverage of the protests and riots on television. As photos of her response began to go viral, Graham states comments began showing up on her son’s Facebook page, numerous in backing of her.