City prepares for possible protests: Baltimore police
Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said Monday that police reinforcements already have been sent from surrounding jurisdictions to help the city, in accordance with mutual aid agreements. He would not say how many officers or which agencies had sent them, but added that they were being staged at an off-site location, "not out patrolling the streets," and would be called in only as a last resort.
"The citizens of Baltimore have an expectation for us to be prepared and not be reactive," he said.
The Police Department also activated the Joint Information Center for various community representatives to gather, including those from the tourism industry, the school system, churches and hospitals.
Activists took umbrage at all the security measures, arguing that if justice is served and steps are taken to dismantle structural racism in the city, none of the extra enforcement would be necessary.Read more about the city's preparations »