While some members of the Jewish community were out in west Baltimore helping clean up trash and debris on Tuesday morning after protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned to rioting and looting, others did their part in northwest Baltimore.
Wednesday morning, members of the Northwest Citizens Patrol were out at the Orthodox day schools during drop-off.
“We were helping at the Orthodox schools to make sure everything was fine,” said Neil Schachter, the organization’s president.
The previous day, with threats of “purges” circulating social media, which did not occur, Frank Storch brought food and water to law enforcement officers staging at Mondawmin Mall, which experienced looting and clashes between what appeared to be high school students and police on Monday.
“I met up with two former Baltimore County SWAT members and decided to go to the Mondawmin Mall to the staging area where the various police departments and National Guard were set up,” Storch said via email. “I spoke to Ronnie Rosenbluth from Tov Pizza, and David Cohen of Kosher Bite, and we coordinated fresh hot food for the hungry officers. They even had a choice of hotdogs, hamburgers or pizza, with of course, lots of bottled water to go around. We fed hundreds of officers.”
In Owings Mills, northwest Baltimore County-based motorcycle club, Motorcycle Club Five (MCV), which has several Jewish members, bought 40 pizzas to send downtown. Two of their members, Steve “Precher” Dorn and Mark “Bolt” Bevard are police officers.
“It pulls at our heart strings … the fact that they’re really putting their lives and safety really on the line through the craziness,” Carl “Diesel” Galler, co-vice president and one of the founders of the club. “We did hear that a lot of these guys were doing 16-hour shifts without getting a bite to eat under stressful circumstances.”
Through the club’s charitable arm, MCVcares, club members purchased about 40 pizzas and met Dorn in Owings Mills. He then got the pizzas to officers working downtown.
“We wanted them to go directly to these guys on the frontline,” Galler said.