Orioles executive defends protesters who turned violent outside stadium during game

People turned violent outside the Orioles home stadium Saturday while protesting the recent death of a man who died after being arrested by Baltimore police, but a team executive largely took their side.

Orioles COO John Angelos, son of team owner Peter Angelos, took a team broadcaster to task for complaining about vandalism in the neighbourhood outside Orioles Park at Camden Yards during the protests over the death of Freddie Grey.

WBAL announcer Brett Hollander griped on Twitter that the protesters were stopping people from going to work and interfering with their right to watch a ballgame.

Angelos took exception to the comments and replied to Hollander in a series of tweets that dismissed the damage and violence and instead vented his frustration with the decay of Baltimore and other once-great American cities.

Protesters have increasingly taken to the streets of the largely impoverished city after Grey suffered serious injuries in Baltimore police custody. Those injuries included having his spinal cord severed 80%, according to his family, and he died in the hospital.

The many individual tweets can be found on Angelos’ Twitter page. The tweetstorm has been condensed below into one post for easy reading. Spelling and grammar remain as they were in the tweets:

“Brett speaking only for myself I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society.

MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this proper precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts group but is focued rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the US to 3rd world dictatorships like China and others plunged tens of millions of good hard working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarised and aggressive surveillance state.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards.

We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no on was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”

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