Toya Graham: The Hero of Baltimore.

Yesterday, I discussed the sadistic behavior of the rioters and looters in Baltimore. I compared the Baltimore riots to the Watts Riots of 1992. In the Watts Riots, there was a bright spot: Koreans with guns.

We have seen our bright spot in Baltimore, as well: a no-nonsense mother who smacked her son on the head repeatedly until she had chased him away from the riots.

A self-described “zero-tolerance” mom, she had this to say:

“He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that. That’s my only son and at the end of the day I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray,” Toya Graham said, referencing the 25-year-old man who died after mysteriously sustaining severe spinal injuries in police custody earlier in the month. His death has sparked protests throughout the city, with tensions boiling over Monday.

Graham told CBS News she launched into action after spotting her 16-year-old son Michael wearing a hoodie and mask amid the protesters.

“At that point, I just lost it,” said Graham. “I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that.”

Graham, a single mom with six children, denounced the vandalism and violence against police officers. She said rioting in Baltimore is no way to go about getting justice for Freddie Gray and that she doesn’t want that life for her son.

“There’s some days that I’ll shield him in the house just so he won’t go outside and I know that I can’t do that for the rest of my life,” said Graham. “I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don’t play that.”

It’s that reputation that made her son wince the second he saw her.

“He knew he was in trouble,” said Graham. “He said when ‘I seen you,’ he said, ‘ma, my instinct was to run.'”

I hereby nominate Toya Graham as the first Hero of Baltimore. The city needs more moms like her.

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