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The problem with 'thugs'
The problem with 'thugs'

At first, the word "thug" was so consistently used by city, state and even national leaders to describe the Baltimore rioters — many of them teen-agers — that it seemed a deliberate, coordinated effort to send a message. Gov. Larry Hogan, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young all decried the "thugs" hurling rocks at police, looting stores and setting fires throughout the city. But Tuesday, on the same day President Barack Obama joined in the refrain condemning the "handful of criminals and thugs who tore up the place," both Ms. Rawlings-Blake and Mr. Young backed away from the term. "We...

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