Thursday, November 18, 2004

Mob Town and the Riot Act

In yesteryear, Baltimore had a reputation for a populace given to riots. Major riots ocurred in 1812 and again in 1871. In fact some of the first blood shed in the War of Northern Agression was spilled in Baltimore on April 19, 1861. In the 1970s, admissions to mental wards in Maryland even grew as a result of the 1968 riots.

Alas, this heritage appears to have gone to the wayside, with other cities overtaking us in this area. We did not riot even when the Ravens won the Superbowl. The closest were some fracases in College Park after the Terps one the NCAA basketball championship.

I bring this up only because I came across an interesting post on the "Riot Act." Yes, there was a Riot Act in England, and a superb police officer in the UK reminds us that his professional ambition is to read the "Riot Act" some Saturday night.


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