The embarrassed Baltimore protester who was yanked from the streets by his mother spoke out about the incident on Wednesday.
A video of Michael Singleton and his mother Toya Graham went viral recently and earned Graham the title of “mom of the year” from Internet users.
“I understand how much my mama really cares about me,” Singleton told CNN's Anderson Cooper. “I just got to try to do better.”
Singleton recounted the moment he saw his mother as he ran through the streets of Baltimore.
“I’m like, ‘Oh man. What is my mama doing down here?’” he said.
In video footage, Graham can be seen getting slapped around by his mother in front of his friends. According to Graham, she wasn’t going to allow her son to participate in the riots.
Graham noted that as long as she lived, she wouldn’t see her son rioting or selling drugs on the street. She told CNN that she became enraged when she witnessed her son with a rock in his hand.
Graham apparently chastised her son when she saw the rock in his hand, noting that she hadn’t raised him to be violent.
On Tuesday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said that he wished more parents would react the way Graham did.
Riots began in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.
Watch the Singleton and Graham's interview with Anderson Cooper below.
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