Two Bal­ti­more of­fi­cers ac­cept dis­ci­plinary ac­tion in Gray case.

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIET LINDERMAN

BAL­TI­MORE | Two Bal­ti­more Po­lice of­fi­cers agreed to be dis­ci­plined for their roles in the ar­rest of Fred­die Gray, a young black man who died in cus­tody, an at­tor­ney for the of­fi­cers said.

Of­fi­cers Gar­rett Miller and Ed­ward Nero “do not be­lieve they vi­o­lated any poli­cies, pro­ce­dures or prac­tices of the Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment” but they ac­cepted the dis­ci­plinary ac­tion to move on and con­tinue their ca­reers, said Michael Davey, an at­tor­ney for the Bal­ti­more po­lice union.

Mr. Davey wouldn’t say Tues­day how the of­fi­cers would be dis­ci­plined, and po­lice spokesman T.J. Smith said he could not com­ment on it.

Mr. Smith did say the two of­fi­cers are on ac­tive duty and are cur­rently as­signed to the spe­cial op­er­a­tions sec­tion, which in­cludes the avi­a­tion, marine, moun­tain, K-9, SWAT, traf­fic and spe­cial events units.

Of­fi­cers Nero and Miller were among six of­fi­cers charged in Gray’s ar­rest and death in 2015. They are the only two of­fi­cers who have so far been pun­ished for their in­volve­ment, more than a year after the crim­i­nal cases collapsed.

The 25-year-old man died after his neck was bro­ken in the back of a trans­port wagon while he was hand­cuffed and shack­led but left un­re­strained by a seat belt.

On April 12, 2015, Of­fi­cer Nero, Of­fi­cer Miller and Lt. Brian Rice chased and ar­rested Gray near the Gil­mor Homes

in Sand­town-Winch­ester, after Gray ran from the of­fi­cers. Of­fi­cers Miller and Nero hand­cuffed Gray and put him into a po­lice trans­port wagon.

The van made a trip that lasted about 45 min­utes and in­cluded sev­eral stops, in which of­fi­cers pe­ri­od­i­cally checked on Gray, who at least once in­di­cated that he wanted to go to a hos­pi­tal.

Gray ul­ti­mately was taken to the West­ern Dis­trict sta­tion house, and then to a hos­pi­tal where he re­mained un­re­spon­sive for a week un­til he died from in­juries he suf­fered inside the van.

Of­fi­cer Nero and Miller faced the least se­ri­ous charges of all six of­fi­cers: as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and mis­con­duct in of­fice.

Lt. Rice, the high­est-rank­ing of­fi­cer charged; Of­fi­cer Wil­liam Porter, who was present for five of the van’s six stops; and Sgt. Ali­cia White, who checked on Gray to­ward the end of his jour­ney, each faced an ad­di­tional man­slaugh­ter charge.

The wagon driver, Of­fi­cer Cae­sar Good­son, was charged with mur­der.

Three of­fi­cers were ac­quit­ted at trial, and cases against the oth­ers were dropped. Of­fi­cer Porter, whose first trial ended in a hung jury, is the only of­fi­cer who did not face ad­min­is­tra­tive charges.

Of­fi­cer Good­son, Sgt. White and Lt. Rice are sched­uled to un­dergo dis­ci­plinary hear­ings that will be­gin later this month. Those of­fi­cers face a rec­om­men­da­tion of ter­mi­na­tion. The depart­ment brought in an out­side at­tor­ney to con­duct the hear­ings.



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