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Other Officers In Gray Case Testify At Rice

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Robert Lang, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

A police trial board continues at the University of Baltimore for Lt. Brian Rice, one of the Baltimore police officers involved in the 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray.

Gray died in April 2015, one week after suffering injuries in a police transport van. His death led to two days of rioting in the city.

Rice supervised the bike patrol officers who arrested Gray near Gilmor Homes.

City officials are seeking to fire Rice for violating 10 different police policies including requiring that officers properly seat belt any arrestee put in a transport van. City officials also accuse Rice of telling officers not to cooperate with investigators.

Today, the three member trial board heard from two other officers involved in Gray’s arrest.

Both Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero testified today. Rice was their supervisor. Both accepted an administrative punishment for their role in Gray’s arrest.

Both Miller and Nero testified that they were not aware of the policy requiring prisoners to be placed in seat belts.  Miller noted the practice was avoided, because it was considered too dangerous.

Nero testified that it was the van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, who was responsible for putting Gray in a seat belt.

Last week, another trial board cleared Goodson of all charges related to Gray’s death.

Both Miller and Nero testified that Rice only told the other officers that the police department’s internal affairs unit would investigate what happened to Gray, but Rice never told the other officers not to cooperate with investigators. 

Rice’s attorneys pointed out that the van that carried Gray was not considered a crime scene, until one day after Gray’s death, and eight days after his arrest.

Rice was acquitted of all criminal charges last year.

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