Baltimore rioter Allen Bullock
The mother of Baltimore rioter Allen Bullock, 18, regrets telling her son to turn himself in because he is facing eight years in prison and being held on $500,000 bail.
Bullock was seen smashing a car windscreen with a traffic cone. He appeared on the cover of the Baltimore Sun last Sunday. His stepfather, Maurice Hawkins, told him to “do the right thing” and turn himself in.
Now his mother regrets he ever did that because they cannot come up with the money for his bail.
In an interview with the UK Guardian, the teen’s mother, Bobbi Smallwood, said, “If they let him go he could at least save some money and pay them back for the damage he did.”
His stepfather, however, stands by his decision saying, “I know what would happen to him if he hadn’t.” Adding, “By turning himself in he also let me know he was growing as a man and he recognised what he did was wrong.”
Bobbi Smallwood defended her son saying, “He was dead wrong and he does need to be punished. But he wasn’t leading this riot. He hasn’t got that much power.”
My Two Cents: Yes, Miss Smallwood, your son had the power to walk away from vandalism but he chose not to. He has a string of minor convictions as a juvenile for theft. He posted a message on Facebook in honor of Freddie Gray: “This for you I miss you already… I’m in here crying shit ain’t going to stop I don’t care about that locked up shit.” That says it all. He had no regrets about his actions until that $500,000 bail got in the way.