Three Baltimore Officers Could Be Fired in Gray Death

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Five Baltimore police officers involved in the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray have been charged with violating department rules, with three of them facing termination, the Baltimore Sun reports. The three who face firing are officer Caesar Goodson, who was driving the van where an autopsy determined Gray suffered fatal injuries; and supervisors Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White. Two other officers who made the initial arrest of Gray face five days suspension without pay. A fifth officer, William Porter, who was criminally charged with manslaughter, is not facing internal discipline.

The internal charges come after investigators from two other county police departments finished their review of the case. The Baltimore Police Department asked them to handle the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest. The officers could contest the charges before a “trial board,” an internal disciplinary panel comprised of police officers. The board has the power to acquit the officers or uphold the charges. If the charges are upheld, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has the final say on punishment. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who brought criminal charges against the officers but failed to win a conviction, said, “This case has always been about providing justice for an innocent 25-year-old man who was unreasonably taken into police custody, severely injured while in police custody, and died due to a lack of care … I am relieved to know that a majority of those involved will be held administratively accountable for their actions.”

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