City officials are getting tough on looters in an attempt to curb the violence after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Any individuals caught rioting, looting, destroying property or otherwise reacting in a violent and unlawful manner will have their government benefits permanently revoked.
Parents of minors who are caught participating in the continuing riots, will be held fully accountable and could also risk losing their state benefits as well as custody of their child.
“Parents are responsible for their children. If they are allowing them to engage in lawless behaviors there will be consequences for them as parents.” Baltimore City Official, Wilson Stewart, told reporters during the 30 minute press conference. “Many of the individuals we have detained are high school students. We urge parents out there to know where their children are at all times until tensions are quelled. Have them adhere to the mandatory curfew. Make them aware that participation in looting, destruction of property, and violently demonstrating on any level will come with severe penalties.”
Hundreds of national guardsmen and law enforcement officers took to the streets intent on restoring calm to the city. Going into their third night, once again a curfew has been imposed and it is expected that citizens will adhere to it of face the consequences. Whether the new rules have any impact on the violence is left to be seen.