Four Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies sustained minor injuries while assisting Baltimore police during a wave of violent protests overnight, the agency said.
The four were among 22 Sheriff’s Office deputies sent to aid the Baltimore Police Department in the city’s Western District Saturday night, according to agency spokeswoman Cristie Kahler. Protests in the city over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent late Saturday, resulting in several dozen arrests.
The deputies sustained minor injuries to their legs after being struck by debris thrown by protestors, Kahler said; they have since returned home.
The Sheriff’s Office contingent was in Baltimore for approximately three hours after being called to assist with a specific situation. Once the situation was calmed, the Sheriff’s Office personnel were released from service.
Kahler said the deputies who assisted Baltimore police were not pulled from patrol shifts in Harford County, but were working on overtime.
“A mutual aid request was made and we responded,” Maj. Jack Simpson, commander of the Sheriff’s Office administrative services bureau wrote in an e-mail to The Dagger. “Although not normally for high profile events such as last night, law enforcement agencies work together routinely.”
MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON DEMONSTRATIONS FOLLOWING DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY
BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on demonstrations following the death of Freddie Gray:
“I absolutely support the people’s right to be heard, but join the Gray family, faith community and other leaders in calling for an end to violence?. We need the facts to ensure justice for Freddie Gray and to restore faith in the practices and procedures of law enforcement in our community. We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart.”