BALTIMORE– One of six police officers charged in the fatal 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray has been promoted from lieutenant to captain.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Alicia White will serve as captain of the department’s performance standards section, which conducts audits and inspections to ensure the agency is following its policies correctly. She held a similar position before her promotion on Friday.
Gray, who was black, died after sustaining a serious spinal cord injury inside a police van. His death caused days of unrest.
White was among six officers charged in the Gray case by Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby. Three of the officers were acquitted, and Mosby dropped charges against the other three, including White.
Federal prosecutors declined to press charges following an independent Justice Department investigation.
In a 2016 interview with The Sun, after his state charges were dropped, White defended his actions.
“I still believe that when I went to work that day, I did everything I was trained to do,” she said. “Unfortunately, that day, someone lost their life. But I feel like everything I was trained to do, I did.
White responded to the scene after Gray was already in police custody, to investigate complaints about the arrest, officials said. Mosby said White was in charge of investigating the arrest, but was “only talking in the back of Mr Gray’s head”. Mosby said White did not summon a doctor or properly assess his injuries.
White said when she arrived at the scene, she saw Gray kneeling in the police van and asked if there was a problem. White later told investigators that Gray didn’t really respond, which she took to mean he was uncooperative. She said she saw no reason to see a doctor at the time.
Gray was unrestrained by a seatbelt in the train car, contrary to department rules. When the van arrived in the Western District, officers said they found Gray not breathing on his back. White then called a doctor. Gray died of his injuries a week later.