Baltimore police commissioner: 'Take control of your kids'
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In a late-night press conference, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts blamed the violence in his city on high school students who "thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at police."

An admittedly exhausted Batts claimed that a meeting took place between various gangs including the Bloods and the Crips, in which members pledged to kill police officers following Freddie Gray's funeral earlier today.


However, the police chief insisted the main instigators of today's unrest were local "youthful residents" who "came out of a local high school" and "outnumbered and outflanked" police.

Batts updated on the condition of six officers who were seriously injured in the riots, saying they were all expected to recover.

"Take control of your kids," Batts urged parents in closing. "This is our city. Let's make a difference."

The commissioner was responding to a question referencing a viral video purporting to show a mother physically striking her son for participating in the riots: