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Dick Morris: 'Where Are the Cameras' in Freddie Gray's Death?

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 09:30 PM

The looting and burning in Baltimore prove the young rioters have ignored the lessons of civil unrest that roiled the nation a half-century ago, according to political analyst Dick Morris.

Speaking on Newsmax Prime Tuesday night on Newsmax TV, Morris, the co-author of "Power Grab," told host J.D. Hayworth those participating in riots triggered by the April 19 death of Freddie Gray from injuries he mysteriously sustained while in police custody aren't advancing justice in his case.

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"This is a generation of young people that were not around during the riots of the '60s or even the '70s," he said. "They have not come to the conclusion that inner-city people did, which is in destroying the city, they're destroying themselves and having to learn this the hard way."

But Morris also noted "one message that screams" in the wake of the turmoil is: "Where are the cameras?"

"For God's sake, haven't we learned that we need to photograph every square inch of a police station, every seat on a police car, every inch of an officer's uniform, all of the transactions he has?" Morris said. "At this point in the 21st century, you can't get away with 'he said, she said.'"

Cameras are not an issue of surveillance, Morris added.

"When police interact with the public and use force and have a monopoly on legitimate use of force, those actions for their own protection and for the protection of the citizens need to be photographed," he said.

"I do not understand the reason in not doing that. I don't understand why we don't have that entire scenario when Gray was in the police car and in the police station minutely cataloged like he were in a bank."

Newsmax contributor and analyst Larry Elder added, however, his question is: "Where are the fathers?"

"In Ferguson, you can at least make the argument that there was under-representation — that the Ferguson City Council only had one black person in the city, 67 percent black, no representation," he said.

But in Baltimore, that's not the case where the population is 60 percent black, 40 percent of the officers are black, the mayor is black, and the top two police officials are black.

"There's every reason to believe that whatever happened to Freddie Gray will be thoroughly investigated, so why riot? We have a president who cares about race relations, we have an attorney general who's a black female.

"There's every reason to believe that this will be thoroughly investigated. The question is, why are they rioting? And the answer is, there's a subculture of thuggery and it comes from not having a father in a home," Elder said.

"President [Barack] Obama said if you don't have a dad in the home, you're five times more likely to be poor, nine times more likely to drop out of school, 20 times more likely to go to jail. That's the problem here," he added.

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