After the killing of Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota this past Saturday, activists and residents are speaking out about the extreme police presence at a vigil held over the weekend.
Atlanta Black Star reported yesterday that the up-and-coming rapper Tyriece Travon Watson — commonly known as Lor Scoota — was shot and killed Saturday evening after leaving a charity basketball game.
Community activist Kwame Rose talks to Baltimore’s WBALTV 11 about BPD’s riot-gear-clad response to the peaceful gathering of supporters.
“I don’t even think that Commissioner [Kevin] Davis or any other Baltimore city police officers were aware that you can have people gathering without having police in riot gear. I don’t think they know the difference between a peaceful vigil and unrest.”
The activist says that the BPD’s response shows that “community policing is not a reality” in the city.
Rose hopes the response is not the same at Lor Scoota’s funeral, which is scheduled for Friday, July 1.