Baltimore mother smacks son for throwing rocks at police
BALTIMORE - An angry mother took matters into her own hands during Monday's riots in Baltimore after she saw her son on television taking part in the violent demonstrations.
ABC affiliate WMAR identified the woman as the boy's mother who said she was watching television coverage of the riot when she witnessed her son throwing rocks at Baltimore Police.
The station's cameras captured the moment when she found her son in the crowd, grabbed him and slapped him in the face several times. Microphones picked up her cry of "Are you kidding me?" as she tried to drag the boy away from the violent demonstrators he had joined. They did not identify the mother by name. You can see the video by clicking here.
Monday's riots saw around 100 school-aged children involved in the violence, according to police. Law enforcement urged parents to bring their children home, and the mother in question did just that.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts referenced an incident similar to the one caught on camera during a news conference on Monday, but it is unclear whether it is the same mother caught on video by WMAR. Batts said he wishes more parents took charge of their kids in identical fashion.
According to ABC News, public schools in the city are closed Tuesday in the wake of violence that went well into the evening hours of Monday. Citywide curfew goes into effect at 10 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Wednesday. The curfews are expected to remain in place for a week, but the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says it could be extended as needed.