Meet Vietnam veteran Robert Valentine, a man who stood up to young rioters in Baltimore and shamed them.
Valentine stepped in front of a police line in the midst of the Baltimore riots to tell the rioters and looters to go home. In an interview with CNN, Valentine identified himself as “just a soldier.”
When Valentine was asked if he was concerned about his safety, he said, “I’ve seen more than all this. I’ve been through the riots already.”
He continued to say that the rioters “need to have their butts” in their “home units with their families studying and doing something with their life.”
Valentine added the rioters are “out here protesting about something that is not really about nothing'” and added that “they do not respect this young man’s death.”
Valentine said, “I love my country. I love my Charm City. I’m an American.”
“I’m not black, white, red, yellow or nothing.”
He concluded, “I am American.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 28, 2015
We understand the protesters’ anger. But the violent young people besieging the streets are only destroying the very city their kids will have to grow up in one day.
I’m just an old hippie who wants to give peace a chance.
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