The flyer is a take off the 2013 movie in which there are no laws for a single night, allowing people to do whatever they please. In the movie, the 24-hour-long purge leads to widespread violence and looting, just as the city of Baltimore has experienced on Monday.
The Baltimore purge flyers called for students to gather at Mondawmin Mall starting at 3 p.m. and for them to then move toward downtown.
It appears the Baltimore purge flyers have played a large part in the escalation of violence there.
Breitbart reported the following.
“UPDATE: 5:04 PM: Police has sustained broken bones after black Baltimore high schoolers calling for ‘The Purge’ struck them with heavy bricks, rocks, and pipes. One officer is unconscious, non-responsive. The city’s transportation has been crippled by the raging violence and residents are urged by city officials to avoid several, out-of-control areas.”
This is not the first time that the movie The Purge has led to threats of violence. Flyers like the one distributed in Baltimore this week have turned up in other cities, claiming that so-called purges were happening in those cities.
The latest hoax took place late last year in Windsor, Connecticut, which called for a purge on Halloween night. The threat led to an increase in security for the town.
“We were told they were going to have BB guns and possibly even paintball guns,” said Windsor Police Captain Tom LePore. “They were going to do property damage; vandalize cars, buildings; and possibly even shoot at people that were trick-or-treating.”
Like in Baltimore, the Windsor purge appeared to start with high school students. The Windsor school district stepped in to squash the plans for vandalism.
“Windsor Police and Windsor Public Schools have been partnering together since this information was developed and are working quickly to prevent these intended acts of delinquency. We will be meeting with students identified as participating in such discussions to determine the validity of such plans and to very emphatically communicate both school and police expectations.”
But the Baltimore purge flyers appeared to have been a major contributing factor in the rioting. Much of the conflict started near Mondawmin, where the paper told rioters to meet. It was there that police engaged in some of the most violent clashes with the mostly school-age crowd, and where a photojournalist was also assaulted.
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Are The Baltimore Riots Being Manipulated?
Is it possible that there are people out there that are attempting to inflame the Baltimore riots for their own twisted purposes? I don’t know if you have noticed, but there has seemed to be lots of unprotected police vehicles parked very close to where all of the protests have been happening. The police had to know that those vehicles would be prime targets if violence erupted. So where were the police while those vehicles were being smashed and set on fire? And why did the mayor of Baltimore say that authorities purposely “gave those who wished to destroy space to do that”? Yes, Freddie Gray really died. And yes, the police really did brutalize him resulting in his death, and the outpouring of anger that we are witnessing regarding this episode of police brutality is very real. But as Rahm Emanuel used to say, “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste”. In recent days we have seen a whole host of politicians, “civil rights leaders”, and opportunists flock to Baltimore like bears to a honeypot. We have also seen events unfold in a way that seems almost perfectly staged for television. Yes, the anger of the rioters in Baltimore is very real, but is that anger being manipulated and used for other purposes?
Early on Monday, there was a very highly organized Internet campaign calling for a “purge” in Baltimore that would begin at precisely 3 PM eastern time…
On Monday, police said an online call was issued for a “purge” at 3 p.m. ET, starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending in the downtown area. The type of threat threat is based on a movie called “The Purge,” whose plot involves rampant lawlessness.
It would be extremely interesting to find out precisely where this call for a “purge” originated from. And if you have seen “The Purge”, then you know exactly what was being called for. It was a clear message that violence was going to happen. Authorities knew about this well in advance, but the Mondawmin Mall area was not locked down in advance.
And the authorities also knew in advance that law enforcement officers were going to be specifically targeted on Monday…
Would you like to know who brought those gangs together?
According to Fox News, it was the Nation of Islam…
Activists from the Nation of Islam claimed responsibility for bringing the gangs together, telling reporters that they brokered a deal between the hated foes.
“I can say with honesty those brothers demonstrated they can be united for a common good,” Nation of Islam minister Carlos Muhammad told The Daily Beast. “At the rally, they made the call that they must be united on that day. It should be commended.”
Perhaps there is more going on behind the scenes in Baltimore than we are being told.
On Saturday night, rioters made it a point to destroy any unoccupied police vehicles that they found nearby. In the aftermath, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake informed reporters that a decision was consciously made to give“those who wished to destroy space to do that”…
“While we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on. We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw.”
Was the same philosophy employed on Monday when even more police vehicles were vandalized and destroyed?
We saw the same kind of thing happen in Ferguson when the police were held back and hordes of thugs were allowed to vandalize, loot and set on fire entire city blocks.
This is all very bizarre. Just imagine a different group of protesters being given the same “freedom”. For instance, if a bunch of Tea Party activists started smashing and burning things, they would all have boots on their necks faster than you could say “Ronald Reagan”.
Perhaps it is believable that authorities were taken by surprise by what happened on Saturday night. But everyone could see what was coming on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray well in advance.
Something should have been done to prevent the violence, but instead it was allowed to spiral out of control.
And without a doubt, the mainstream media and many of our most prominent “national leaders” are responsible for stirring up racial tensions to the boiling point.
For example, just consider what the “Reverend” Jesse Jackson had to say during the funeral of Freddie Gray…
The Rev. Jesse Jackson also spoke and reminded everyone of the burden all of society must face to be equal.
‘When society is sick and mean, the innocent will be slain,’ said Jackson.
He pointed to the example of Baltimore itself and its poverty stricken westside, which is overwhelmingly black and the white, prosperous downtown.
‘Sixteen thousand abandoned or vacant homes, 25 percent unemployment — we don’t need more police, we need more jobs,’ said Jackson. ‘Why can’t the west side get the same things downtown gets?’
This “us vs. them” philosophy is cancerous to any society. The truth is that we are all Americans, and we are all in this together. When you pit one group of people against another, you inevitably create animosity.
At the end of Freddie Gray’s funeral, the Reverend Jamal Bryant whipped the assembled crowd into a frenzy by leading a “no justice, no peace” chant…
“No justice, no peace,” declared Rev. Jamal Bryant at the end of his eulogy for Freddie Gray, a statement which won’t ease tensions as violent protests rock Baltimore, Md.
“No justice! No justice!” He yelled to those in attendence, prompting them to yell “No peace!”
Yes, large numbers of people in the African-American community in Baltimore were very angry before the past few days, but now their emotions have been brought to a boiling point. And all of this emotion exploded on the streets of Baltimore on Monday. By the time the day was done, 15 police officers had been injured.
The death of Freddie Gray was certainly a great injustice. But now is the anger over that injustice being used for other purposes? Please feel free to tell us your opinion by posting a comment below…