Waco vs. Baltimore: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Waco biker gang violence, Baltimore, Freddie Gray, police violence, police response

Let’s compare how police responded to biker gangs in Waco vs. how they acted with Baltimore school children.

Okay, this is going to be short. My meter is running out in 25 minutes and I’m fucking pissed.

Let’s talk about police response, shall we?

Police in Waco knew ahead of time that members of CRIMINAL GANGS were going to be meeting at this place I will not even call a restaurant because it prefers to be known as a fucking BREASTAURANT and it’s the same name as my favorite TV show about to make a comeback but I seem to have forgotten how to end a sentence, so…

So, police knew these criminal members of rival biker gangs were to be “meeting” at this “establishment” and show up to make sure their presence was known with marked patrol cars, etc. I’m having trouble finding numbers, as in how many were in close vicinity to the “place where people go to see big tits and eat burgers and apparently settle criminal scores or conduct business.” Chaos ensues. Death, shooting, brass knuckles, chains, knives, and other savagery. Eight dead, dozens injured, over one hundred arrested.

Please compare this to Baltimore, where on the day Freddie Gray was laid to rest and his family pleaded with the Baltimore community for peace and calm, no protests on this day, please, they asked, the police were aware of the fact that many schoolchildren would be getting out of school at, get this – THE TIME THEY NORMALLY DO – and are greeted by dozens of POLICE IN RIOT GEAR. Kids on their way home from school. Kids whose parents brought them out to help clean up the damage done by rioters the next day when school was closed.

Kids, who, I’m willing to bet a lot of money had NO criminal record – their history including disenfranchisement and bigotry suffered as opposed to trafficking in narcotics…met with police in riot helmets lined up with shields and batons and tear gas as they get off the bus.

I fully admit this is hastily written and poorly researched compared to many of my other pieces, and I’m certain there are differences in the approaches to different kind of warnings and police tip-offs and history and geographies, and I am also certain there are flaws in the details of my logic. And let’s ALL PLEASE AGREE THAT WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE MANY, MANY GOOD COPS AND KNOW THERE ARE MANY LAWFUL BIKERS.

But you must also understand that in my mind, school children were treated like hardened criminals in Baltimore and hardened criminals were treated like kids at their mama’s “breastaurant” in Waco.

And I can’t get my head around that.

Aliza Worthington grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and now lives in Baltimore. She began writing in 2009 at the age of 40. Sometimes her writing follows The Seinfeld Model of “no learning, no hugging.” Other times it involves lots of both. She blogs about Life, Liberty and Happiness at “The Worthington Post.” Her work also appears in Purple Clover, and before that, in Catonsville Patch and Kveller. She has been featured in the Community Spotlight section of Daily Kos under the username “Horque.” Her piece for The Broad Side, Leaving Gender at the Door, was chosen as a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2013. Follow her on Twitter at @AlizaWrites.

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  • A J MacDonald Jr

    The police in Waco killed the bikers. Is that what you want the police to do in Baltimore?

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