Elijah Cummings praises Baltimore protests that resulted in riots

The protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody have crippled the city of Baltimore, but one local Democrat thinks they are just swell.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose neighborhood played host to the protests, appeared on “Face The Nation” Sunday to discuss the riots and the investigation, where he defended the demonstrations that ended up in riots that damaged property and held tens of thousands of people trapped inside a baseball stadium.

“I’ve gotta give it to the citizens of Baltimore,” Cummings told host Bob Schieffer. “I was there all day. It was very peaceful, all day, thousands of people. And then at the end there were a few who said ‘we’re gonna tear this city down,we’re gonna close it down’ and the next thing you know we had a few people mainly from out of town to come and to start beating up on police cars and throwing all kinds of projectiles, but the fact is that for the most part it could have been worse.”

Cummings praised the trend of protesting every action police take as “the civil rights cause of this generation.”

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He also said he welcomes the presence of federal investigators in the Freddie Gray case.

“They’ve agreed to do a civil rights investigation and we feel good about that,” he said. “But we’ve got to take this [Baltimore police] department apart and try to figure out what is wrong and what is right.”

You don’t need an investigation to know rioters smashing police cars and store windows isn’t right, Mr. Cummings.


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