Republican state Del. Patrick McDonough of Maryland recently suggested that the parents of Baltimore youth involved in riots and looting should lose their food stamps.
McDonough was the guest-host of a radio program on Wednesday when he took a call from a listener who brought up the idea of taking away "benefits" such as "welfare" from the parents, noted The Intercept (video below).
McDonough told the caller in part, "That’s an idea and that could be legislation. I think if you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?"
McDonough added that such a proposal would not likely pass the legislature "because it seems a little bit harsh," but added that there should be a way to "connect to the lack of parenting."
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Later on the show, McDonough expressed his desire for a study of the "thug nation" of "young people" who are "violent, they’re brutal, their mindset is dysfunctional to the point of being dangerous."
The incident that spurred peaceful protesting, rioting and violent looting in Baltimore is the police-related death of Freddie Gray.
WJLA reports today that a medical examiner allegedly found that Gray suffered a serious head injury after "he slammed into the back of the police transport van," which apparently caused his neck to be broken.
What caused Gray to be slammed into the van has not been determined. The officer who was the driver of the police van has not yet given a statement to law enforcement, even though the incident happened on April 12.
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WJLA has cited "multiple law enforcement sources" in its report, which has not been confirmed by a medical examiner.