Officers Involved In Freddie Gray ‘s Death Identified
Six police officers are currently on suspension as Baltimore officials investigate how 25-year-old Freddie Gray died in their custody.
The officers in question are adamant that he was arrested “without force or incident” despite the fact that Gray’s spinal cord was severed before he succumbed to his injury.
The Baltimore Police Department on Tuesday identified the six officers who have been suspended in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was rushed to the hospital with a severed spinal cord after being chased and then arrested by the police. The department did not say what role each of them played in Mr. Gray’s arrest, but previously released information gives some idea for two of them.
Lt. Brian Rice was the senior officer involved, and officials have said it was a lieutenant on the scene, part of a team of officers patrolling on bicycles, who made eye contact with two men — one of them Mr. Gray — before they fled on foot, prompting the officers to pursue them. Lieutenant Rice, 41, is an 18-year veteran of the department.
Officer Garrett Miller filled out the “statement of charges” for arresting Mr. Gray, accusing him of carrying a switchblade knife, clipped to the inside of his pants pocket. Officer Miller, 26, a member of the department since 2012, wrote, “The defendant was arrested without force or incident.”
The others suspended are Sgt. Alicia White, 30, who joined the department in 2010; Officer William Porter, 25, who joined in 2012; Officer Edward Nero, 29, who joined in 2012; and Police Officer Caesar Goodson, 45, who joined in 1999.
Police investigators said they still do not understand precisely how — or when — Mr. Gray was injured.
“We have no evidence — physical, video or statements — of any use of force,” the deputy police commissioner, Jerry Rodriguez, said at the news conference. “He did suffer a very tragic injury to his spinal cord, which resulted in his death. What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred.”
Freddie did NOT break his back on his own….something stinks here.