- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2015

John Angelos, the Baltimore Orioles’ executive vice president and son of managing partner Peter G. Angelos, sent out a series of tweets late Saturday to address the Freddie Gray protests that caused the Camden Yards baseball park to briefly lock down during their game against the Boston Red Sox.

Prior to Saturday’s game, demonstrators gathered along West Camden Street to protest the death of Mr. Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody. Gate H — a major entry point to Camden Yards — was eventually forced to close and the park was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes after the protests turned violent, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Shortly after beating the Red Sox 18-7, Mr. Angelos sent out the series of tweets that connected into a 319-word statement, The Sun reported.

He said a major concern of his is “the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the US to 3rd-world dictatorships like China,” which he said has sent “tens of millions of good hard working Americans into economic devastation” and “an ever-declining standard of living and suffering.”

“The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance and other abuses of the bill of rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kid’s game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards,” Mr. Angelos continued.

“We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic, civil and legal rights and this … makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans,” he wrote.

His statements received mostly positive responses, The Sun reported, even drawing thanks from former NFL running back Thurman Thomas.

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