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Montgomery Co. returns $296K riot aid check to Baltimore

Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett . (The Daily Record / File)

Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett . (The Daily Record / File)

A Montgomery County official is returning a $296,000 check meant to pay for riot aid to Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports County Executive Isiah Leggett wrote to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this week, saying, “… we accepted the call for assistance with the belief that the City would do the same for us in a time of need. Consequently, we are returning the check.”

Montgomery joins Baltimore County in declining reimbursement for sending officers to assist the city when rioting broke out after 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died in April 2015 after sustaining a spinal cord injury in police custody.

Rawlings-Blake spokesman Anthony McCarthy says the city calculated that outside assistance during April and May 2015 costed $2.1 million.

The city has said the unrest cost $20 million.