BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman who hit and pushed a boy to remove him from the riots in Baltimore is being hailed by the police commissioner and others online.
Video of the woman, presumably the boy’s mother, shows her smacking him on the head as other youths throw bricks, rocks and other objects at police near a mall Monday afternoon.READ MORE: Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department Budget
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“I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there,” Baltimore Police Commissioner and former Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said of the video.
The woman has not been identified.
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The riots started hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He suffered a critical injury while in police custody.