Baltimore, Maryland 2022-08-05 20:06:00 –
Years after facing manslaughter and other charges in Freddie Gray’s fatal arrest in 2015, Alicia White continued to climb the ranks within the Baltimore Police Department, being promoted from first lieutenant to captain on Friday.
She serves as captain of the agency’s Performance Standards Section, conducting audits and inspections to ensure agencies are properly following their policies. The West Baltimore native had a similar role prior to her promotion.
White was one of six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case by Baltimore attorney Marilyn Mosby. returned to the department After internal investigation quietly concludedGray died in a police car in April 2015 after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.
Federal prosecutors declined to press charges in the case after an independent Justice Department investigation.
In a 2016 interview with the Baltimore Sun, White said after the state charges were dropped. defended her actions.
“I still believe I did everything I was trained to do when I went to work that day,” she said. I feel like I did everything I was trained to do.”
White responded to the scene to investigate complaints about the arrest after Gray was already in police custody, officials said. By the time White first encountered Gray, he was already wounded and dying, Mosby announced the indictment. Mosby said White was unable to call a doctor or properly assess his injuries.
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White said she arrived on the scene and saw Gray kneeling in a police car and asked him if there was a problem. He didn’t really respond, White later told investigators, who she said had no reason to seek medical attention at that point.
Contrary to departmental rules, Gray was not fastened by the wagon’s seatbelt. When the van arrived in the Western District, officers said they found Gray not breathing on his back. Then White called the doctor. Gray died from his injuries a week later.
White joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2010. This was a decision based on her desire to help the people of her city. she said in 2016.
“I thought, ‘There must be a way to give back and serve,’ and there’s no better place than my own community,” she said.
After years of service in the city’s northeast district, she was promoted to supervisor in January 2015, working with locals just months before a tragic incident that threatened to end her law enforcement career. was transferred to the West Baltimore area of She had never been suspended from the police department for her disciplinary reasons prior to Gray’s incident.
In 2016, she said she was eager to return to work as a police officer in Baltimore.
“I know her character,” Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott said at the time, when he knew White because he was a city councilman and was assigned to patrol the neighborhood. is someone I trust with my life, and more importantly, we entrust the lives of the young people in our neighborhood.”
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