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This Baltimore Mother Did Everything She Could To Stop Her Son From Rioting

Tensions heightened on Monday night following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

We've probably all done things that our moms don't approve of. But she doesn't always catch us, and, if she does, it's not captured on the national news. That is, unless you're one young man from Baltimore.

As protests intensified late Monday night following the funeral of Freddie Gray -- the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died April 19 from injuries sustained while in police custody -- a video captured a mother, Toya Graham, doing her best to physically restrain her 16-year-old son and keep him from getting involved.

It was an act that engendered praise from the city's Police Commissioner, who has blamed the late-night rioting on "youthful residents," many of whom he said had come "right out of the local high schools."

"If you saw in one scene, you had one mother who grabbed their child, who had a hood on his head, and she started smacking him on the head 'cause she was so embarrassed," Commissioner Anthony Batts said during a press conference. "I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight."

Some on Twitter made light of the clip -- which nearly anyone who has ever been reprimanded by their mom can relate to on some level -- while others praised 42-year-old Graham, a mother of six.

Still, it was an example of what looks to be representative of a generational divide over the response to Gray's death, something also clear in an interview given by a local Vietnam War veteran, who said "they need to have their butts at home."

Not all of the protests turned violent though. There are clips of non-violent protests from the evening, as residents gathered and chanted in unison.

There's also footage of a young man attempting to diffuse the situation and dissuade protesters from getting too close to officers, so as not to potentially incite them.

The angry and impassioned reaction by youths doesn't exist in a vacuum, of course. The response comes not only on the heels of Gray's death, but also what has been a steady number of young people of color dying at the hands of law enforcement, from national stories like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, to lesser-known victims, too.

“Ain’t nobody scared of y’all,” a teenage boy shouted at police, according to BuzzFeed. “This is karma!”

Shaun King, a columnist at Daily Kos, reports that 2015 is on pace to be the deadliest year in terms of people killed by police.

During Monday's protests, there were roughly 200 arrests and 15 injured police officers, according to the Los Angeles Times. In addition, schools in Baltimore are closed on Tuesday. The city's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, also announced a weeklong curfew, beginning at 10 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m., which is set to begin on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

Batts finished his press conference with a plea: "For those parents who have kids that are out there that came off of that campus, take control of your kids. This is our city; let's make a difference."

[Ed. Note: This post has been updated to reflect biographical information about Toya Graham.]