The Baltimore police officer who drove the police van that Freddie Gray sustained severe spinal cord injuries in has been cleared of 21 administrative charges related to Gray’s death.
In a report from The Baltimore Sun, police officer Caesar Goodson was unanimously cleared of the charges against him related to the death of Gray, and can now return to the city’s police force after being suspended. The officer faced charges for failing to secure Gray in a seat belt and neglecting to call a medic when Gray requested help. He was also accused of giving false statements to investigators.
Goodson was one of six police officers charged in Gray’s death. Goodson, alongside Lieutenant Brian Rice, and Edward Nero have been acquitted, while Sergeant Alicia White, William Porter, and Garrett Miller had their charges dropped.
State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, who charged the six officers, called Goodson’s acquittal “disappointing” but reminded Baltimore residents to “not forget the significant progress” that Baltimore “has made toward criminal justice reform and police accountability” following Gray’s death.
“Our focus must remain on eliminating the division between the public and law enforcement,” Mosby said. “And my office is committed to rebuilding that trust within the criminal justice system.”