All six Baltimore Police officers involved in the Freddie Gray case are back on the force after facing criminal and administrative charges.
One officer now patrols the Baltimore waterfront. Another works with the unit that polices the city in helicopters. A third officer, now a detective, investigates powerful drug rings.
Today, all six officers who were charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray case are back on duty.
None are back to patrolling the streets of West Baltimore, where Gray was arrested in 2015 and suffered a severe injury in the back of a police van.
“They were offered positions outside the patrol division, and they’re satisfied with their assignments,” said Michael Davey, the attorney for the union that represents Baltimore police officers. “All they wanted to do was serve.”
Gray died in April 2015 after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in a police van. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby brought criminal charges against the six officers ranging from misconduct in office to second-degree murder. Three officers were acquitted, and Mosby dropped all remaining charges against the other three.
Five of the officers then faced administrative charges within the police department for allegedly violating department rules and policies and neglecting their duties. Two accepted minor discipline and returned to duty. Two fought the charges and were acquitted by police trial boards.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis then dropped charges against the last of the five.
Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged, now works in the crime lab, which collects and processes evidence.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who drove the van in which Gray was injured, now works in the CitiWatch unit, which monitors surveillance cameras across the city.
Officer Edward Nero, who arrived at the scene shortly after Gray’s arrest and helped place him in the back of the van, was one of the officers who accepted minor discipline. He now works in the department’s aviation unit, which runs the helicopter patrols.
Officer Garrett Miller, who initially arrested Gray, was the other officer who accepted minor discipline. He now works in the marine unit, which polices the city’s waterfront and waterways.
Officer William Porter, who was called to check on Gray and found him unconscious, is now a detective, working alongside federal agents to investigate drug trafficking. He was the only one of the six who did not face administrative charges.
For White, the past two years have been “hell,” Garcia said. Her pay was frozen during the criminal prosecution and she fell behind on her mortgage payments, he said. She suffered crippling anxiety and was once rushed to the hospital, he said.
“She had this dark cloud hanging over her for years,” Garcia said.