This man really is a hero, not just because he was a Marine once, but because he's speaking truth to power out on the streets of Baltimore.
To the line of riot police standing before him, he shouted, “We gave our lives for this country! Is this what it’s coming to, man? I love this fucking country, too. Just as much as you do. We’re fighting for a reason, man. I was willing to give my life for this country, man. Look at this community now, man.”
He then compared the police in their riot gear to the enemy abroad. "You’re the same people I went to war with!"
A CNN reporter quickly snagged him for an on-the-spot interview, and he let her have an earful too.
First, he let go about the charges filed against the police officers today, telling the reporter “We got to stop being pacified every time they throw us a bone where they want us to calm down, man. We need to wait for the end result to come in."
"I was willing to give my life for this country," he continued. "When I was in the Marine Corps, they called me a ‘patriot.’ A Marine. But now that I’m fighting for my people they call me a fucking ‘thug.’ They called me a ‘thug’ when I fight for my people,”
At that point, the reporter asked him to sweeten his language, but he was having no part of that, telling her he wouldn't "sweeten up" anything.
[h/t Real Clear Politics]