'Mom of the Year' Speaks Out on Smacking Son at Baltimore Riots: I Don't Want Him to Be a Freddie Gray
The woman being hailed the mom of the year for giving her 16-year-old son a licking for taking part in the Baltimore riots is speaking out.
Mother of six, Toya Graham appeared on CBS This Morning and spoke about how she was home watching live TV coverage of the violence when she recognized her son, Michael, taunting police.
She said, "To see my son come across the street with a rock in his hand, I think I just lost it. You are not to be throwing rocks and stones at police officers. I recognized the baggy sweatpants, he did have the hoodie on, he did have the face mask on. But, it was something about those sweat pants he had on."
She ran to the scene and gave him a dose of tough love.
Graham told CBS News, "He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that. That's my only son and at the end of the day I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray."
The drama was caught on camera. And now, millions of people around the nation are cheering her.
"There's some days that I'll shield him in the house just so he won't go outside and I know that I can't do that for the rest of my life. I'm a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don't play that," she said.
Wednesday’s New York Post front page had the headline “Send in the Moms!”
It was another night of confrontation between cops and protesters in Baltimore, as police tried to enforce the 10 o'clock curfew and take control of the streets.
Police moved forward and the crowd moved back. But that didn't stop some from testing the patience of law enforcement.
Most residents respected the 10 o'clock curfew and stayed home, but some refused to leave and the streets remained tense and explosive.
Plastic and even glass water bottles were hurled in the air and cops responded with smoke canisters, followed by tear gas when the crowd refused to disperse.
INSIDE EDITION’s Steven Fabian was on the scene. He said, "A large plume of smoke behind us. Police trying to get people out of the area. We are past the curfew at this point, 10:25. You want to get out of here."
There was a tense moment when Geraldo Rivera was getting into it with a protester during a live shot on Fox News.
Then the Maryland State Senate Majority Leader that Rivera was about to interview gave him a piece of her mind.
She said, "We want the media to go home but we also need the media to move back because this is just inciting things."
With tension rising, reporters and photographers made a hasty retreat and were taunted the entire way.
An extraordinary scene will play out at Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles will play the Chicago White Sox. The stadium is usually filled to capacity with 45,000 fans, but not today. The game was not open to the public. That's a first in the history of Major League Baseball.
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton had this to say about all the unrest in Baltimore.
She said, "The violence has to stop. More broadly, let's remember, that everyone in every community benefits when there is respect for the law and when everyone in every community is respected by the law."
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