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Prince George's County returns $750k for Baltimore unrest assistance

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has returned $756,000 to Baltimore that was sent as reimbursement for help the county provided during the April 2015 unrest.

The return payment is the latest and largest from surrounding jurisdictions that were summoned to the city in the days after the riot following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody.

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"The county executive determined that we were going to return the check, based on us being supportive of the city of Baltimore and trying to help it get back on its feet," said Baker's spokesman, Barry Hudson.

The repayment occurred now because the county only recently received a check from the city, Hudson said.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced in December that he wouldn't seek $257,000 in reimbursement from the city. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett in August sent back a check for nearly $300,000.

The city has said it calculated the manpower and resources from surrounding jurisdictions at $2.1 million for the assistance in April and May 2015.

Mark Magaw, the former Prince George's County police chief who is now director of public safety, said for three days in April the county had more than 55 officers working around the clock to help Baltimore. Overall, the county had a presence in the city for eight days, he said.

"It was not about money," Magaw said. "The city requested us, and we went."

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