Baltimore Teen Encouraged by Parents to Turn Himself In, Faces Life in Prison

The parents of 18-year old Allen Bullock say their son is being made an example of. There are several photos of Allen smashing in a police car with a traffic cone. After seeing them, Allen turned himself in his parents supported and encouraged his decision to do so. He is being held on $500,000 bail, an amount his parents cannot afford, The Guardian reports.

Bullock faces charges of rioting and malicious destruction of property, among other criminal counts, after turning himself in at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center with his stepfather, Maurice Hawkins, at his side.

“As parents, we wanted Allen to do the right thing,” Bullock’s mother, Bobbi Smallwood, said. “He was dead wrong, and he does need to be punished. But he wasn’t leading this riot. He hasn’t got that much power,” his parents said.

“If they let him go, he could at least save some money and pay them back for the damage he did,” his mother agreed.

The eight misdemeanor charges Bullock face are his first as an adult, with rioting carrying a maximum of life in prison. Bullock was convicted of minor offenses as a juvenile. His parents say that the teen was accused of inciting the clashes that started boiling over on Saturday, but they deny that claim.

When asked if they regretted encouraging the teen to turn himself in, his stepfather remained adamant, saying, “I know what would happen to him if he hadn’t.”

His mother didn’t feel the same way. “I do,” she said.

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