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'Baltimore 6' fundraiser shirt features brick from 'Battle of Mondawmin'

The image from a t-shirt being sold as a fundraiser for the families of six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray's death.
The image from a t-shirt being sold as a fundraiser for the families of six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray's death. (baltimore6.com)

A fundraiser for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray features the image of a brick with the phrase "The Battle of Mondawmin."

The shirt refers to the beginning of the April 27 unrest in West Baltimore, where officers were injured as rioters threw bricks and rocks. The rioting broke out in the afternoon following Gray's funeral -- eight days after his death.

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The fundraising website, baltimore6.com, is rallying contributions for the families of the officers charged. Those officers, the subject of a hearing last week and another on Thursday in Baltimore, have been suspended without pay pending investigations.

A spokesperson for Baltimore's police union said the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 "had nothing to do with the design, production or sale of these shirts and to date, has not received any money from the fundraiser."

Attempts to reach the contact listed on the Baltimore Six website were unsuccessful.

It's not the first shirt fundraiser to be held for the officers.

In May, a Georgia company created shirts featuring the design of an American flag with an embedded silhouette of the Baltimore skyline and the words: "Sometimes there is Justice. Sometimes there is Just Us. Support the 6."

And in July, a Glen Burnie venue canceled a planned fundraiser for the officers after the scheduled entertainment — a former Baltimore officer singing in blackface — drew sharp criticism.

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has made fundraising headlines amid the trial, as well. A July fundraiser in Philadelphia — to benefit her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby — featured images of the city's top prosecutor. It was abruptly canceled. Marilyn Mosby has a fundraiser slated for Sept. 16, days after the pre-trial hearings, with tickets ranging from $250 to $1,000.

The "Battle of Mondawmin" shirts are going for $25, and a page selling the shirts touted nearly 80 orders — toward a goal of 275 — as of Tuesday morning.

The fundraiser page said the officers and their families "suffer while some rejoice in their misfortune. They supported our community, doing a job few have the courage or ability to do. Now they need our support. ALL proceeds will go directly to the FOP#3 Distress Fund"

Thursday's hearing will include debate about where the trials for the six officers will be held. Last week, a judge decided that the officers would have individual trials and that Mosby and her office would be allowed to remain on the case.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this story.

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