As TRN reported in April 2015, rioters in Baltimore looted and burned dozens of buildings, including a nursing home, and set cop cars on fire — while then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she gave rioters “space to destroy.”
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hey whats up tomorrow is the anniversary of the baltimore riots pic.twitter.com/O2nBEDnImK
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Baltimore has spent an estimated $30 million to clean up the city in the aftermath of destruction.
But most businesses that were looted never saw their perpetrators brought to justice.
CBS Baltimore reported that:
Prosecutors say 20-year-old Donta Betts was one of the key players in the Freddie Gray riots, looting, starting fires and even attacking police.
“Donta Betts was a menace to society here in Baltimore. The scope of the criminal activity he was involved in is really breathtaking,” said Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney.
In April of 2015 — just days after the death of Freddie Gray — Baltimore erupted with riots, looting and a clash with officers. Federal prosecutors say surveillance video and pictures captured Betts in the middle of the mayhem.
Here is a picture of Betts:
— Rick Ritter (@RickRitterWJZ) June 25, 2016
When asked about why he did it, Betts said:
“That was my period to go wild on the police.”
Betts won’t get out of prison until he’s 35. During his 15-year sentence he is not eligible for parole or probation.