I see an apologetic walk-back coming in CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin’s near future. (Update: Baldwin has apologized on Twitter.)
Because while speaking on location in riot-torn Baltimore, Baldwin seemed to suggest — without citing any evidence –that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were to blame for a purported increase in police brutality in the United States.
“I love our nation’s veterans, but some are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they’re ready to do battle,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin indicated that veterans who become police officers when they return home seek out violence.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) seemed to agree.
“They definitely need better training, and better recruitment,” the congressman said. “We need to look at our police department from top to bottom and bottom to top to figure out exactly what is being done wrong.”
According to CBS News, fifteen Baltimore City police officers were injured in the riots Monday night.
In addition to that, multiple vehicles were vandalized and set on fire and a number of businesses were looted as the rioters were allowed to run wild.