I am shocked by this story ("The Mayor of Fells Point," Mobtown Beat, June 16). I have known Leroy Moore for over 30 years, and I have never known him to be violent unless it was self defense or in defense of someone else. The thought of a police officer using a baton to beat him is beyond comprehension.
The only thing that Leroy is guilty of is being developmentally disabled. He is like a big child, which up until now was independent. If he was barred from establishments, it was because of his disability and a lack of understanding of his nature. He is overbearingly friendly and will hug anyone. Many people are unhuggable, therefore Leroy was misunderstood. I also know of a few places he was barred from, and it was not because he did anything wrong, it was only because of the stigma some people felt due to his presence and disability.
At this point, I would really question the police officer's reputation and his honesty in this situation. He misunderstood Leroy in what he considered a threatening situation. He obviously did not know he was dealing with a 6-foot child. If he had, he would not have beaten him. Shame on the officer for raising a hand.
Is there anything I can do to help Leroy? He does not deserve to be locked up nor does his condition warrant it.
Athba M. Hammed
I was stunned when I read this! Leroy is such a kind-hearted, friendly man! To hear he has been arrested deeply saddens me. Do you know of anyone that is starting a petition in favor of releasing Leroy? Is there a way one can be started? I know there are hundreds of people out there that would want to help Leroy and can attest to his good-natured, kind heart!
Daria Driver and Lindsey Shugars
I am Leroy Moore's sister. The article you posted about my brother was very touching. It was very shocking at first to see how many people loved my brother. I just wanted to clear up any misunderstanding about the mention of him not having family. He has family, and we all love him very much. He lives with my father, and he takes good care of him.
I read your article "Happy?" (Feature, June 9) with whimsical dismay. How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb or find a "can we live with this" slogan? Or in this case, how many entities: Visit Baltimore, the Downtown Partnership, the Waterfront Partnership, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, with a recommendation of consolidation from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
"Find Your Happy Place," "Get In On It" and "Waterfront Invasion" all seem to have fallen short in recent memory. Regardless of how the $500,000 spent is justified, it does little to bring common sense into the equation. Why are so many people hired only to farm out an idea that should have come from within one of the entities? Five hundred thousand when the city is in a fiscal crisis?
Why not a public relations campaign with the Baltimore City Schools and a contest with city school children? Award the first, second, and third place winners with $1,000, $500, and $250 prizes? And why not give the children's schools a little money for having such creative children?
Thank you for your coverage on Beans and Bread and the zoning board ("Documents and Eyewitnesses," Mobtown Beat web exclusive, June 4). As Baltimore City residents, we have stood for laziness, corruption, and egocentrism from our government for far too long. What Deirdre Hammer (along with others) did, as well as this judge in his ruling, was say that it is not OK to operate like this. We are coming to an obvious realization that community unity and persistence can get something done. The culture of this city can change, though it's a difficult mountain to climb, and with small victories such as this it keeps my faith that it can happen.
Vice president, Douglass Place Neighborhood Association
I have been reading your articles on the BGF, aka Black Guerrilla Family, and from my knowledge of studying it, the group was founded by George Jackson in prison. It started out as a gang, but ended up as an organization to help blacks in prison because of the black and white differences back then.
This man became a strong individual when he taught and disciplined himself. So now we have followers of George Jackson, which is now known as the Black Family or the Black Book. So what is wrong or right about this book? Wrong: nothing. Right: to teach our men, women, and children to bring back unity among the black family, because as I write this we are still killing each other, and all the white supremacy organizations love this.
So we are now under the destruction of the government, because, through all my reading of your articles, I have not read anything about a "drug organization" or any efforts by BGF to create one. All I read about is a round-up of small dealers who are trying to support themselves and are members of the BGF. Throughout my reading in the past and seeing movies that surround the black movement, the Black Panthers, the Black October, these were positive organizations that were corrupted by the influence of drugs. Which one would you have liked to see the police infiltrate and eliminate? Are we still losing leaders?
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