Barry Williams

Trial boards for Gray officers serve a purpose

Trial boards for Gray officers serve a purpose

Baltimore’s police union has consistently held that internal disciplinary hearings for the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest are egregious piling-on that will further degrade the ability of city officers to fight crime. The opposite is true. The hearings for five of the six officers — which are now scheduled for the fall and winter — center on issues distinct from those considered in their criminal trials, follow rules different from those in circuit court and may well involve new evidence. And rather than demoralizing the rank and file, as the Fraternal Order of Police contends, they will help clarify questions about what standards the department intends to hold officers to in...

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