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A Baltimore Police lieutenant is suspended amid internal investigation, spokesman says

A Baltimore Police lieutenant has been suspended amid an internal investigation, a police department spokesman said Thursday.

An investigation has been opened against Lt. Robert Quick Jr., who works for the Consent Decree Implementation Unit, police spokesman Detective Donny Moses said, but he would not say why Quick was being investigated because the suspension is a personnel matter.

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Quick has been with the department since 1995, and earned a base salary or $113,900 and $170,900 with overtime last fiscal year, according to an online city salary database.

Quick has most recently been assigned to work on policy for the federal consent decree, which mandates sweeping policing reforms after a U.S. Department of Justice investigation in 2016 found city officers regularly violated residents’ constitutional rights.

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Quick could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

He has been the subject of several investigations during his career with the department.

Quick was suspended in 2000 when he was charged with driving under the influence, after state police said he struck a parked car on Interstate 95 in Baltimore County.

A year earlier, Quick was involved in a fatal shooting of Larry J. Hubbard Jr. on Barclay Street in East Baltimore.

Police said Hubbard was shot by another officer after Hubbard tried to grab Quick’s gun during a struggle. But some witnesses said at the time that Quick and the officer who fired, both white, beat Hubbard—an African American. The witnesses claimed the second officer then shot Hubbard as he begged for his life. Hubbard’s family later sued.

The officers were not criminally charged and the city paid $500,000 to settle the case.

Quick was named in lawsuits in 1996 and 1997 that alleged brutality and harassment. In the 1997 case, jurors awarded $275,000 in punitive and compensatory damages.

Baltimore Sun reporter Tim Prudente contributed to this article.

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