Teen rioter Allen Bullock’s bail higher than cops charged for Freddie Gray’s death
It’s preposterous that Allen Bullock’s bail is significantly higher than that of the Baltimore officers charged for Freddie Gray’s death.
Bullock, 18, who was photographed smashing a police car, faces eight criminal charges, including rioting and malicious destruction of property. His stepfathter, Maurice Hawkins, encouraged the teen to turn himself in. His mother, Bobbi Smallwood, regrets that they told him to do that since they don’t have the money to pay his bail, The Guardian reports. He’s facing a long prison sentence.
The officers charged in the Freddie Gray case posted bonds ranging from $250,000 to $350,000 each.
The Sentencing Project found that “blacks and Latinos are more likely than whites to be denied bail or to be imposed a bond that they cannot afford.” They are more likely to be considered “flight risks because of their lower socioeconomic status, criminal records and because of their race.”
Smallwood said, “As parents we wanted Allen to do the right thing.” “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.”