Is US Justice Department behind violence in Baltimore?

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is fuelling violence in Baltimore in order to curb peaceful demonstrations being held in the US city against the death of an African-American man in police custody, according to an American journalist and activist in Wisconsin.

“It is just too convenient that every single time the DOJ comes in, the tactics change from the police, and then there’s provocateurs out there starting all the trouble,” Koerri Washington, host of The Average Liberator online news program, told Press TV on Monday.

On Monday, Baltimore erupted in violence as hundreds of unknown rioters looted stores, burned buildings and injured at least 15 police officers following the funeral of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray who died on April 19, a week after white police officers broke his spine.

A large fire consumed a senior center under construction near a church in East Baltimore on Monday night, television reports showed.

Washington said that he felt that “the same situation was going to roll out again, because as I have stated in previous interviews, every time the DOJ happens to come in and gets its hands on a situation, from Eric Garner to all the way back to Trayvon Martin, whenever the DOJ gets involved there’s always seems to be a joint movement that come out of it.”

“I am getting quite skeptical about this whole situation. Everything was cool in Baltimore a few days ago, the DOJ rolls in, the peaceful protests turn into riots,” he added. …

See video interview above.

Baltimore Mayor: Space Was Provided To Those Who ‘Wished To Destroy

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made a stunning admission Saturday in the aftermath of violent protests over the recent death of Freddie Gray, saying she wanted to give space to those “who wished to destroy.”

And destroy, some did.

Numerous storefronts and vehicles were damaged and businesses were looted at the tail end of a day of demonstrations. Thirty-four people were arrested and six police officers suffered minor injuries. Baseball fans attending a game at Camden Yards were told to stay inside the ballpark until violence outside of the stadium subsided.

“I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” Rawlings-Blake said during a press conference Saturday night.

“It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

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