After Acquittal in Freddie Gray’s Death, Officer Caesar Goodson Gets Back Pay

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Officer Caesar Goodson
Officer Caesar Goodson

A Baltimore officer who was accused in connection with Freddie Gray’s death will receive back pay from the city.

Officer Caesar Goodson is set to receive about $87,000 in back pay following his acquittal in the case last month. The payments were first issued the day after Judge Barry Williams ruled that Goodson was not guilty on several counts, including second degree depraved heart murder. On Wednesday, the city’s Board of Estimates formally approved the payments, citing an agreement between the city and police union.

Goodson was suspended without pay following State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s announcement of charges against the six officers in connection with the Gray case. Goodson, who drove the police van that transported Gray through West Baltimore, faced the most serious charges of any officer, being the only one accused of homicide.

Meanwhile, the next trial in the case is nearing an end. Closing arguments in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice are expected Thursday, which will put the case in the hands of Judge Williams. Two out of the five initial charges, including assault and misconduct in office, were thrown out in that case.



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