Jeb Bush criticised the Orioles for closing their game to the public

Orioles gamePatrick Smith/Getty ImagesThe Baltimore Orioles played before an empty stadium on Wednesday.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) criticised the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday for their decision to close a baseball game to the public due to violent protests in the city.

“I do think public safety is the first priority for any city. … I think it sends the wrong signal not to have a baseball game with people,” Bush said at the National Review Institute Summit in Washington DC.

“I think we need to recognise that life doesn’t just get paralysed when these tragedies occur. You can’t allow that to happen,” he added.

The Orioles decided not to admit the public to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the team’s game on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox “in order to minimise safety concerns” after the outbreak of violence in Baltimore.

Protests erupted in the city after Grey, a 25-year-old African American man, died on April 19 from a fatal injury to his neck while he was in police custody. Several police officers were injured and some businesses were also damaged during the violence

In his remarks on Thursday, Bush expressed his sympathies to the Grey family but stressed the importance of a non-violent reaction.

“First I think it’s important to talk about on the fact that a young man died and that’s a tragedy for this country. This is not just a statistic this is a person who died,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that lost their livelihood because of this and I think we need to be respectful of private property.”

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