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Baltimore County won’t seek reimbursement for riot assistance

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said today that he has informed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake that the county will not seek $257,000 in reimbursement from the city for police and fire assistance during the April and May unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.

“Baltimore County is a partner with Baltimore City in every way,” said Kamenetz. “This past spring, I directed Police Chief Jim Johnson and Fire Chief John Hohman to provide whatever assistance was necessary to help the city deal with a very difficult situation. The residents of Baltimore County recognize that a strong Baltimore City is key to regional strength and stability, and for that reason, the county will not seek reimbursement.”

Rawlings-Blake said, “All of us in Baltimore City are appreciative of the support we received from Baltimore County police officers and firefighters during last spring’s unrest, and the support we continued to receive during this fall’s trial. The county executive’s decision not to seek reimbursement for last spring’s costs is just another example of his commitment to a regional partnership and vision.”

Kamenetz said that should county assistance be required in the future, this action does not set a precedent for future decisions regarding seeking reimbursements.