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Goodson defense calls police policy and training into question

Goodson defense calls police policy and training into question

Attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. began his defense in his administrative trial Thursday by calling police witnesses to advance the argument that the department failed to train him properly in the safe transport of detainees.

Goodson, 47, was the driver of the police van in which Freddie Gray was found unconscious with severe spinal cord injuries in April 2015. Gray, 25, died a week after his arrest in West Baltimore.

Goodson, who was acquitted of murder and other charges during a criminal trial, faces more than 20 administrative charges, including making false statements to investigators and neglecting his duty by failing to secure Gray in a seat...

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