Five Baltimore police officers connected to the 2015 arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray will face public departmental hearings before the end of the year, according to the department’s publicly available schedule.
The panel hearings will take place starting in late October and wrap up just four days before Christmas. The five officers face suspension and three face the possibility of termination two years after the arrest and death of Gray, who succumbed to injuries sustained during transport in the back of a police van.
Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the van, could be fired, along with Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White. Officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller face five day suspensions without pay. Gray’s death sparked outrage and protests across the country but most notably in the heart of Baltimore. The violent clashes swallowed up blocks of the city and resulted in the destruction of dozens of businesses.
The five officers and a sixth, officer William Porter, faced criminal charges following Gray’s death, but three were acquitted and charges were dropped against the other three.
The officers will now face a panel of three fellow officers who can acquit the officers or uphold the charges. The officers were charged internally with “violations of policy and procedure,” though specifics were unavailable. The Police commissioner has final say on punishment, if the internal charges are upheld by the three-officer panel.
Goodson’s hearing starts Oct. 30, while the others are scheduled to appear Nov. 13 (Rice), Dec. 5 (White), Dec. 18 (Miller) and Dec. 20 (Nero). An attorney with the Fraternal Order of Police confirmed the schedule to The Baltimore Sun.
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