ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The venue where a former Baltimore police officer said he planned to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface says it won’t host the event.
Bobby Berger announced plans Wednesday to raise money for the six Baltimore officers indicted in the death of a black man who died of injuries he received while in police custody.
Later Wednesday, Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, where Berger intended to hold the event, said on its website that the fundraiser will not be hosted there.
Berger said 610 tickets had been sold for the Nov. 1 fundraiser at $45 each. The police union said Wednesday it doesn’t support the event and won’t accept money from it.
Berger says he doesn’t believe there is anything racist about his routine.