Police Scanners Prove That Baltimore Cops Were Told to Stand Down During Riots

As the investigation into how the Baltimore police handled the riots earlier this year it is becoming clear that commanders did essentially tell officers to stand down and not engage protesters–in other words, to let them run wild while cops do nothing.

Police commanders in Baltimore have repeatedly denied that any stand down orders were given, but Baltimore’s Fox 45 has audio of the police scanners and it pretty much proves that police were told not to engage.

The Fox report shows that officers were told to stay out of the downtown area and to leave the protesters alone.

Still, Police Chief Anthony Batts claims that the orders were meant to keep the riots from spreading and to protect the lives of officers.

Police Commander Anthony Batts has continuously denied giving his force a “stand down” order, which would essentially tell them to withdraw. But commanders say they were told “do not engage” and to “hold the line” — in other words, stay together as a human barrier, with no officers allowed to step out to confront or arrest a protester.

But it is clear that officers were told to stay away from protesters and allow them to do whatever they want to do.

So, the real question is, from how high up did these orders come?

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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