'Mom Of The Year' Who Stopped Son From Rioting Explains Her Actions (Video)


Toya Graham made national headlines as the mom who stopped her young son from rioting in Baltimore.

The single mother of six told CBS News she fears her son Michael becoming another Freddie Gray.

During an interview, Graham explained she'd left an appointment after seeing gathering rioters on television.

Although her 16-year-old son had hidden his face behind a mask, she recognized his sweatpants and the pair locked eyes. Michael reportedly has a history of hanging with a tough group of friends.

According to Graham, it was the sight of Michael facing police officers, rock in hand, that enraged her.

She told CBS News,

Graham's action was publicly applauded by Anthony Batts, Baltimore's police commissioner, in a press conference yesterday.

He said many of the city's rioters came straight out of area high schools.

Not everyone agrees with Graham's choices, however. Mothers Against Police Brutality founder Collette Flanagan, whose son was killed by police in 2013, told ThinkProgress the mom shouldn't have stopped Michael from backing protests.

She said,

Graham appeared on "CBS This Morning" to explain the viral video of her dragging Michael home.

Citations: Baltimore mom who smacked son during riots (CBS News)