Pa. state police offer assistance in wake of Baltimore unrest

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 29, 2015 2:44 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

People clean streets as law enforcement officers stand guard, Tuesday in Baltimore, in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

(Philadelphia) -- State police in Pennsylvania say they have offered assistance following riots in Baltimore but haven't been asked to come to the area. 

Police say the offer was made in response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request from Maryland's emergency management agency. 

The request was made to Pennsylvania and surrounding states to provide personnel and assets in response to a state of emergency declared in Baltimore.  

Pennsylvania state police say they have been talking with state police in Maryland and with Baltimore city officials but as of this point they "have not been requested to deploy to that area.'' 

State police from the commownealth last responded to such a request in the fall of 2012 when troopers were sent to New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.  

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