Police Commissioner: Remaining charges dropped in Freddie Gray case 'thoughtful decision'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says he believes the decision to drop charges against the remaining three officers in the Freddie Gray case will help move Baltimore forward.
His full statement is below:
Today's announcement by our State's Attorney to drop the remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers was a thoughtful decision that will help move our City forward. The crime fight and our relationship with the community require our full time and attention. As the trials end and this chapter in Baltimore's history closes, it is important that we collectively resolve to direct our emotions in a constructive way to reduce violence and strengthen citizen partnerships. Any motives that fall short of that are counterproductive and inconsistent with the values of Baltimoreans.
Our police officers and detectives work with the State's Attorney's Office every day to bring solid cases against criminals who seek to harm others and attack our quality of life. It's an inherently strong relationship that can not and will not miss a single beat. We will continue to work together. That's what we do.
As the quality of this investigation has been called into question, I want to remind our residents that over 30 ethical, experienced, and talented detectives worked tirelessly to uncover facts. We imbedded the Baltimore Sun's Justin George into the investigation because we knew the community would need a transparent assessment from an independent third party. His accounting of our investigative efforts speaks for itself.
These same detectives investigated and criminally charged a Baltimore police officer who is presently on trial for attempted murder. They are more than willing to hold persons who commit crimes accountable for their actions.
The tragic death of Mr. Freddy Gray has stirred many emotions in all of us. And while we are all entitled to our own opinions, we are not entitled to our own facts. Our American criminal justice system has run its course, and today's decision by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is a wise one that will undoubtedly help Baltimore to continue to heal.
The Gray family remains in my thoughts and prayers. Our police department continues its journey to get better each and every day. Together with our community, we have made remarkable strides over the last year that will serve as the foundation for the equitable police-community relationship we all deserve
According to Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith, pay for the officers will be restored and they will be on administrative duties while an administrative review is conducted by the Montgomery County Police Department with the assistance of the Howard County Police Department.
Officer Miller and Officer Nero were always on paid administrative duties, Smith noted, while Officer Goodson and Lt. Rice had their pay restored after their acquittals.
Sgt White and Officer Porter were suspended without pay.
All six officers are back in a paid capacity as of Wednesday, Smith said, though they remain on administrative duties.