ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) -- A former Baltimore police officer is planning to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray -- a black man who died from injuries incurred while in custody.
Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said Wednesday that 610 tickets have been sold in eight days at $45 each for the Nov. 1 fundraiser.
Berger says he doesn't believe there is anything racial about his routine.
But an attorney for the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police says officers don't support it. Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, says the idea is "very distasteful."