Wicomico officers, SU students respond to Baltimore riots

Jacob Troxell Editor-in-Chief @trox3

Police officers line Pennslyvania Ave early Tuesday morning.

Police officers line Pennslyvania Ave early Tuesday morning in downtown Baltimore.

Sheriff Mike Lewis, along with a few other officers from the Wicomcio County Sheriff’s Office are helping prevent the riots in Baltimore with the county’s newly purchased armored vehicle.

These officers are part of the 5,000 officers from around the Mid-Atlantic region that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan requested to aid the city in it’s efforts to end the violence. The riots began after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who reportedly sustained fatal injuries after being arrested in Baltimore on April 12.

Multiple Salisbury University students are also part of the National Guard in Baltimore helping combat the riots. The National Guard was called in after Baltimore was officially in a declared state of emergency.

“Just as I encourage diverse voices to be heard, I ask that each individual speak with civility and respect toward those who have opinions different from our own,” SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said in a letter to SU Tuesday morning. “Some of the anonymous social media spaces provide a venue for outrageous assertions; if you choose to express your opinion through these places, I ask that you please remember our Salisbury University values and speak with dignity and respect.”

All Baltimore city schools were closed on Tuesday and the Baltimore Orioles had Monday and Tuesday’s games postponed. They will play tomorrow in Oriole Park at Camden Yards in a game that will be closed to the public, before traveling to play in Tampa Bay in what was suppossed to be a home series for them. More updates to come.

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