Butler Co. sheriff sends SWAT members to Baltimore

Demonstrators throw rocks at the police, after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Demonstrators throw rocks at the police, after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

HAMILTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is sending several of its SWAT members to Baltimore to help calm the civil unrest.

Sheriff Richard Jones says his team will be available to assist in any way leaders in Baltimore see fit.

“I don’t get it, I understand the right to be upset, I get the right to freedom of speech, but what I will never understand is the mentality to completely destroy a city unless you’re nothing more than a low-life criminal. There is not a reason in the world to act like a thug criminal and set fires, loot, assault people and officers. What do you gain from that? I’m appalled that citizens are destroying their own livelihood and using the excuse, yes, excuse that they are upset over the death of Mr. Gray. I am sending some of my SWAT members to assist the police any way they can,” said Sheriff Jones.

Rioting broke out Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray. He was fatally injured while in police custody a couple of weeks ago.

Maryland State Police have called for some 5,000 reinforcements to assist. The National Guard is already restoring the peace.

President Barack Obama addressed the violence in remarks Tuesday. He says looters are not protesters, they are stealing. Obama says there is no excuse for the violence that raged following Gray’s funeral.

No new incidents of violence have erupted Tuesday.

The sheriff says no return date has been set.

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