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Montgomery Co. Returns $296K Riot Aid Check to Baltimore

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

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,'' The Baltimore Sun reports.   

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.

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