Baltimore rioter turned himself in – but his family can’t afford a $500,000 bail sum

By Jon Swaine, Oliver Laughland, Paul Lewis and Mae Ryan


Allen Bullock was charged with eight criminal counts, including rioting and malicious destruction of property, after arriving at Baltimore’s juvenile justice centre with his stepfather, Maurice Hawkins, who said he saw television footage of Bullock’s actions on Saturday.

Hawkins, 44, said Bullock had agreed to surrender to the police after being told by his stepfather the police would “find him, knock down our door and beat him” if he did not.

“By turning himself in he also let me know he was growing as a man and he recognised what he did was wrong,” Hawkins said on Wednesday at his home in a low-income block in south Baltimore. “But they are making an example of him and it is not right.”

“As parents we wanted Allen to do the right thing,” said Bobbi Smallwood, Bullock’s mother, who…

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