Baltimore Black Lives Matter Protesters Give Shout-Out to Palestine

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

In their latest skirmish with authorities, in what they term a #BaltimoreUprising, Black Lives Matter claimed “solidarity” with Palestinians who have been murdering Jews in Israel.

After Baltimore’s City Council voted 12-2 on Monday night to confirm Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s choice of Kevin Davis for Baltimore’s new police chief, a gaggle of chanting Black Lives Matter activists interrupted the meeting and then took to the streets after being removed. The protests come a week after Black Lives Matter activists occupied City Hall, also upset over the appointment of Davis

The Black Lives Matter activists marched around city hall and reportedly shouted, “All these racist fucking cops, we don’t need ’em, need ’em,” after complaining that a statement made by Davis earlier Monday left them feeling “disrespected” because it did not mention their demands to scale back tougher policing.

Some council members who affirmed Davis did so in an attempt to counter the soaring murder rate that followed the Baltimore riots earlier this year, which were spurred as an “uprising” by the anti-police Black Lives Matter movement. As the Baltimore Sun reported:

“We need stability in the Police Department,” said City Councilman Brandon Scott, vice chairman of the public safety committee. “We cannot have a temporary captain of the ship with all the violence in the city and the trials in the Freddie Gray case coming up… I have confidence that the commissioner will do a better job of working with everyone to get the crime rate down.”

One of the groups involved in Monday’s protest was Baltimore BLOC, who gave a shout-out via Twitter to Palestinian activists who have been involved in attacks on Jews in recent weeks as many push for a third intifada against Israel.

Baltimore BLOC vowed to continue protests.

Follow Lee Stranahan on Twitter at @Stranahan.


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