Allen Bullock, the 18-year-old accused of smashing a traffic cone through the windshield of a car last month, was released from jail Thursday on a $500,000 bail — higher than the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
Bullock is charged with eight counts, including rioting and malicious destruction of property stemming from a protest that turned violent downtown on April 25. He was released after his family was able to raise money from around the world, according to his attorney Brandon Mead.
"He's got a very stable two-parent home," Mead said. "He's got a ton of family support. He's got a ton of community support. Many from around the country and the world are supporting this young man."
Bullock's parents encouraged him to turn himself in after seeing images of him in the media, they said.
"He turned himself in. That's not even right," said Maurice Hawkins, who is engaged Bullock's mother. "They are trying to make an example out of him. They are trying to say my son started it. He's 18 years-old. He's just a teenager."
"He said he acted out on his emotions," Hawkins said. He said Bullock shouldn't have vandalized the police cars but said the family has been blamed for violence and rioting that occurred later on Monday, and he feels the issue of police brutality has been lost.
"They are trying to make it seem like it was his fault. People have their own mind and own actions to control," he said. "They are trying to take the focus off Freddie Gray and put it on my son."
Six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have been released on bails of $350,000 or $250,000. One of the officers is charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, which carries a 30-year sentence.
Mead said Bullock's parents have faced backlash for encouraging him to turn himself in.
"She's said she's had things thrown at her house, people yelling at her for turning him in," Mead said of Bullock's mother.