Baltimore sergeant says suspects are challenging cops: ‘It is about to get ugly’

A Baltimore police sergeant said Friday that suspects are now trying to lure officers into physical altercations. He added that things are “about to get ugly.”

Sgt. Lennardo Bailey told “Eastern Command Staff” that unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray has transformed into an environment where cops are increasingly challenged by suspects.

“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,” the officer said, Buzzfeed reported Friday.

Mr. Gray was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department on Aug. 12 and died of spinal injuries he received in custody April 19. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted six officers on felony charges related to the 25-year-old’s death on Friday.

Buzzfeed reported that the Baltimore Police Department’s chief of patrol also sent word to officers to have two cops per patrol car.


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