Presidential hopeful and former pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson is pleading with Baltimore parents to control their children and keep them away from the violence in the streets.
"I urge parents, grandparents and guardians to please take control of your children and do not allow them to be exposed to the dangers of uncontrolled agitators on the streets," Carson said in a statement on his Facebook page
about the riots in Baltimore
following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died earlier this month while in police custody.
"As a former resident of the city of Baltimore, it is very sad and unfortunate to see the destruction taking place by irresponsible individuals," he said.
"It is vital to remember that the best way to create positive change is through peaceful conversation and policy ideas that display a commitment to resolution," the presidential hopeful explained.
"My thoughts and prayers are extended to those who are experiencing fear and loss during this troubling time, including the families of Mr. Gray and first responders/officers," Carson added.
One Baltimore mom
is being called "mom of the year" after a video captured her slapping her son on the head for taking part in the violent protests.
A local ABC affiliate in Baltimore said that the unidentified mother had seen her son on television throwing rocks at the police when she decided to take the matter into her own hands.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts praised her during a news conference Monday night.
"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," Batts said.
"I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight. I think these were youth coming out of the high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department and address it that way," he added.
Violence erupted in West Baltimore Monday following Gray's funeral and later spread to other neighborhoods in East Baltimore and downtown near Camden Yards.
Two dozen people have been arrested and 15 police officers have been injured. Six officers were still in the hospital Monday night.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
has come under fire after some say she gave permission to rioters to engage in violence when she said "while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave to those who wished to destroy space to do that as well."
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