Freddie Gray case charges dropped: What's next?

The Baltimore Sun
What's next for the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case? Here's a glimpse.

Baltimore prosecutors on Wednesday dropped the remaining charges against three police officers in the Freddie Gray case.

Officers Garrett Miller, William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White had pleaded not guilty to charges that included involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Miller's trial was to begin this week, Porter's trial was to start in September and White's in October.

Three other officers charged in the case - Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr. and Lt. Brian Rice - were acquitted by a judge of all charges at bench trials earlier this year.

Here's what’s next for the officers:

The six officers are subject to internal affairs reviews that could determine whether they can return to policing city streets. Montgomery and Howard County police departments are conducting the reviews, with the final decision on discipline to be made by Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

If Davis decides to discipline the officers, the officers could request a police trial board — a tribunal of fellow officers who would reconsider the discipline.

The reviews of the three acquitted officers have already begun.

The four officers charged with felonies - Goodson, Rice, Porter and White - were suspended without pay. Goodson and Rice, who have been previously acquitted, began receiving paychecks again. Porter and White, whose charges were dropped, will begin to receive theirs.

The four officers are also able to seek more than a year of back pay, but their police powers will remain suspended until the conclusion of their administrative reviews.

The city agreed this month to pay Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. more than $87,000 after he was found not guilty of second-degree murder and other charges.

The officers not charged with misdemeanors - Nero and Miller - have been getting paid and have been assigned to administrative duties until the Internal Affairs investigations are completed.

Find live coverage of today’s news in the case here.

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