Following the mysterious April 19 death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, protests erupted last week in Baltimore that have since been hijacked by individuals and groups with nefarious intentions, turning into violent riots. The violence climaxed on Monday as rioters pelted police with rocks, bricks, and other objects, injuring 15 officers. Police were seen throwing rocks back at the rioters. The Governor of Maryland activated the National Guard in response.
In light of reports that teens were taking part in the riots, promoted through a flyer distributed by high school age students on Saturday calling for a “purge” of local police, ABC News notes that Baltimore police issued a tweet asking parents to bring their children home. According to WMAR, one unidentified Baltimore mother did exactly that after seeing her son on television throwing rocks at police. The mother, seen in the above-embedded video provided by Sky News, was caught on camera smacking her son around, aggressively disciplining him for participating in the violence and ordering him to return home.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts applauded a mother, believed to be her, at a Monday press conference, saying, “And if you saw in one scene, you had a mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight.”
The Washington Post pointed out the fact that the caught-on-video incident has prompted many to call the unidentified mother “mom of the year” for pulling her son out of the fracas.