Dispatch from Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger on Al Sharpton's meeting with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the governor for taking “cheap shots” at Rawlings-Blake. He also criticized Hogan, saying he is “a governor who’s never stood up and dealt with police reform.”
Sharpton said he met with the mayor Tuesday afternoon before delivering brief remarks to reporters. He said he wanted to come to Baltimore to say, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once did, “to say the voice of the unheard must be heard.”
He also said he was “calling for nonviolence and calling for an end to recklessness.” He said he does not condone expressing frustration in a “violent way.”
“We will work with the mayor and others to make sure the young people understand we are fighting violence, not adding to it,” Sharpton said. Still he said, “Do not condemn people for their anger, do not for condemn their frustration, because you failed to do what is right.”
Sharpton said he spoke to various “hip hop artists that over next 24 hours will be launching a drive to say that every brick thrown is a potential roadblock to justice.”
“I came to say that if you had heard us we would not be in this situation,” Sharpton said. “Now, listen and we collectively can deal with this situation.”
Rawlings-Blake on Al Sharpton's show: I don't want to give the impression that our state's attorney will make a decision on the Freddie Gray case by Friday.
From Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake walks back her earlier comments about "thugs" causing problem in the city.
“We don’t have thugs in Baltimore,” Rawlings-Blake said. “We have a lot of kids that are acting out, a lot of people in our community who are acting out, and the bad part of it is, we all know that on the other side of this they are going to regret what they’ve done, but it’s too late because the damage has been done.”
Her comments came after the Rev. Frank Reid III of Bethel AME Church, said “There are no thugs in Baltimore. There are abused children, who are being abused by the cut backs in education, cut backs in housing. Abused people become abusers.”
The two were part of a group who gathered at Bethel AME in the Upton neighborhood to announce efforts to provide food Tuesday to children in the city.
Juan Dixon, Terps special assistant and former Maryland and Calvert Hall star, releases statement:
"This is a very difficult time for the city that I love and call home. It is vital that we come together as a community to support each other and make it a priority to find solutions, so we may rise from this tragic situation in a better place, not only for ourselves, but for future generations to come."