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Baltimore to pay $1.8 million to counties for help during April unrest

Baltimore's government plans to pay counties about $1.8 million for their help during the unrest in April and May after the death of Freddie Gray.

Anne Arundel County's Police Department will be reimbursed $426,000, according to figures released Thursday by the city. Howard County's emergency responders will be paid $373,000. Montgomery County police will receive $296,000. Baltimore County's police and fire departments will receive $257,000, and Harford County law enforcement will get $73,000.

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In May, the city's spending panel authorized $20 million to cover costs incurred during the unrest. The expenses include overtime for police and firefighters, damage to city-owned property, and repaying other jurisdictions for police and other assistance.

Howard Libit, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said the city is in the process of reimbursing 25 organizations across the state that helped during the unrest. Emergency responders came from as far as Cumberland in the western part of the state and Wicomico County in the east.

"We're deeply appreciative of the support we received from all of our partner agencies in the spring and how all of them stepped up for us again this fall," Libit said. "This demonstrates the collaborative teamwork that exists between our state's police, firefighters and emergency management personnel."

The figures do not include reimbursements for additional police resources during the recent trial of Officer William G. Porter, one of six officers charged in Gray's arrest and death. Porter's retrial is scheduled for June; his first ended in a mistrial Dec. 16 after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four charges. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the van in which Gray was fatally injured, is to be tried next month.

The Carroll County sheriff's office was notified Tuesday of a reimbursement of about $41,000 for overtime and equipment expenses incurred last spring.

Sheriff Jim DeWees said the reimbursement is "a pleasant surprise."

"I didn't send resources to the city with any real expectation of being reimbursed for expenses," he said. "I sent my deputies because it was the right thing to do and the Baltimore Police Department needed our help."

Other reimbursements include $64,000 for Anne Arundel County's Fire Department, $55,000 for Laurel police and $49,000 for Frederick County sheriff's deputies.

Gray, 25, died April 19 after suffering a spinal injury a week earlier while riding handcuffed in a police van. The day of Gray's funeral, the city erupted in rioting, looting and arson, with about 400 businesses damaged and dozens of fires

Police and other city employees have filed 169 workers compensation claims for injuries suffered during the unrest. The city expects to pay out $1.7 million, according to the budget office.

The Baltimore Sun Media Group contributed to this article.

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