Baltimore police released warnings of a "credible threat" from allied gangs, so gangs allied to respond by saying they want an end to violence.
When a group of people well known for acts of violence tells you to stop being violent, that's when you know things have gotten out of hand.
Yesterday, Baltimore police released a statement saying an alliance had been made between the Black Guerrilla Family, Crips, and Bloods to "take out" officers. WBAL News, however, showed a different side of the story. Members of the gangs spoke in an interview saying they came together to promote peace in the community and to calm things down.
Members of the group spoke on the subjects of looting, protests, and how their gangs are always portrayed in the media as negative when, especially now, they are attempting to promote something positive. They want people to stop destroying property because it gives more fuel to people not in support of their cause. They want people to come together and protest peacefully.
So it comes down to: who do you trust more? The police who seem to have systemic problems across the country when dealing with black suspects? Or a group of people known for fighting each other setting aside their differences to promote a message of peace?
Before you start thinking that Baltimore has turned into a scene from The Warriors, hear out the people who were at the protests, who witnessed how the police dealt with crowds, and who have been the subject of police scrutiny likely their entire lives in Baltimore.
According to Snopes.com, police have yet to provide any additional information about where the threat came from or what the threat entailed. Snopes also points out that similar threat warnings were released by the NYPD around the time of the Eric Garner protests with specific tactics for officers to watch out for. None of the activity warned of, however, actually happened.