Freddie Gray Officers Receive $167K in Back Pay
Two more Baltimore police officers who were cleared of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray are set to receive a combined $167,000 in back pay, Baltimore Sun reports.
On Wednesday, the city’s Board of Estimates is scheduled to authorize a payment of $96,855 to Officer Alicia White and $70,523 to Officer William Porter.
White and Porter were two of six officers charged in Gray’s April 2015 death. The 25-year-old died after sustaining a severed spinal cord injury while in custody. On July 27, White and Porter were cleared of manslaughter, misconduct and other charges when Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby decided to drop the charges against them.
White and Porter had been suspended without pay since May 1, 2015, under police department policy. The acquittal entitles them to back pay.
Earlier this month, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who oversees the Board of Estimates, authorized a payment of $126, 916 to Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in Gray’s death.
In July, Officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the police van in which Gray sustained his injuries, received $87,705 in back pay following the city’s spending panel approval. Both Rice and Goodson were found not guilty of all charges in Gray’s death.
Prosecutors alleged that officers caused Gray’s death by failing to secure him in a seat belt in the back of the van. They also alleged officers neglected to seek medical attention after Gray called for them to do so. But Judge Barry Williams disagreed that those failures warranted criminal charges.
“The state has failed to meet its burden to show that the actions of the defendant rose above mere civil negligence,” Williams said in acquitting Rice.
Gray died one week after his arrest. His death sparked a wave of protests throughout the country against police brutality — including two nights of looting and rioting in Baltimore.