Baltimore PD Bracing for the Worst: 'It Is About to Get Ugly'
A letter from a Baltimore police sergeant to his Eastern District superiors Friday afternoon has a troubling message for officers who are going to be out on the street this weekend.
“I have been to five calls today and three of those five calls for service; I have been challenged to a fight. Some of them I blew off but one of them almost got ugly. I don’t want anybody to say that I did not tell them what is going on. This is no intel this is really what’s going on the street. This is my formal notification. It is about to get ugly,” Sgt. Lennardo Bailey wrote.
The sergeant sent the letter following the announcement that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was indicting six officers on felony charges associated with the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in Baltimore police custody on April 12.
The letter was provided to BuzzFeed News from an anonymous source:
According to BuzzFeed, officers are being ordered to take special precautions: “2 OFFICERS PER CAR.. DOUBLE UP ALL PATROL CARS,” a text message from the Baltimore Police Department’s chief of patrol to all commanders read.