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The Frederick Police Department is asking the public to help identify those accused of causing vandalism and property damage during a protest against police Friday.

Police say the Frederick Socialists held an "Abolish the Police" rally at Baker Park in downtown Frederick around 6:30 p.m. Of those in attendance, approximately 30 people marched among vehicles in the street and blocked traffic after 7 p.m., police said in a prepared statement.

During the march, police allege members of the group set fire to flags at the intersection of Bentz and Patrick streets and 2nd Street and College Avenue. The road on Bentz and Patrick streets was reportedly spray-painted, as was a house at 3rd and Bentz streets. Police said a vehicle was vandalized at 6th and Market streets.

Authorities are asking for the community to help identify participants being investigated for vandalism, disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic during the protest. The agency is seeking any video or photos the public may have taken during the event.

Police made no arrests during the roughly two-hour protest but temporarily detained one man as part of a vandalism investigation, according to FPD. There were no injuries and no use of force, police said.

Any information can be sent to Cpl. Michael Murphy at mmurphy@FrederickMDPolice.org. Those who wish to leave information anonymously can call the Frederick Police Department's tip line at 301-600-TIPS (8477), email fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org, or text 240-674-TIPS (8477).

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(4) comments


Why didn't the cops just bust the law breakers as they were breaking the law that night?


great opportunity for someone to vandalize or steal the protesters property, after all they are not going to call the police for help - right?


Sad people did that. Wasn’t necessary


That would be my view on it, basically, WHY DO THIS because it’s scary, give a care for downtown businesses hoping to rev up as patrons get vaccinated. On the other hand, listening to someone explain the idea behind “dismantling and rebuilding police forces,” in the light of recent inexplicable events, I have to say, I may be seeing the logic. So glad our police did not over-react. Cameras don’t lie. I feel like I’m saying, “WHAT the h***!!!??!” every day now in response to a filmed interaction. Mistaking a gun for a taser? Omg This can happen!? Really?! What I’m learning, I don’t like!

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