I went to turn onto Riggs around 2 PM today. I couldn't because the National Guard was there with guns and armored vehicles.
On another street, the Baltimore Police had cordoned off vehicle and, it seemed, pedestrian traffic.
At the basketball court I went to for the food bank, the MD police helicopter was hovering above the area for a couple hours.
It seemed like war preparation. People were just walking home from school and sitting on their stoops. A friend commented on a post of mine about the baseless arrests in Baltimore that it seemed more like a Middle East dictatorship.
Nevertheless, the spirit and hard work of this community were in clear evidence today. They do not deserve this war zone. In the greatest country on earth, we should be making sure these conditions don't exist. We treat our animals better than this, why don't we treat people better?