Baltimore residents react to non-guilty verdict in Office Caesar Goodson disciplinary case
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- The police trial board's "not guilty" verdict for Officer Caesar Goodson is resonating across the city.
At the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue, the epicenter of the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray, there's a reaction to the police van driver cleared in Gray's death.
Goodson was found not guilty of all 21 administrative charges related to his transportation of Gray, who died from a spinal cord injury he suffered during the van ride. Goodson is now allowed to keep his job.
"It's pathetic! He was the driver, "said Chase Chase. "He was the one who pressed the brakes so many times, offensively," said Chase.
"If somebody else did that, they would've suffered the consequences," said Eldridge Branch. "And I don't think a badge, you should hide a badge, be allowed to do what you want," said Branch.
Attorney Warren Alperstein, who's been closely following the Freddie Gray case since it began, was on Fox 45 News moments after the panel's decision. He said the strength of Goodson's case was the department's new seatbelt policy, which was implemented just before Gray's ride.
"It was a colossal failure of the Baltimore Police Department to adequately train the rank-and-file Baltimore police officers, including officer Goodson. That was what was argued by officer Goodson's capable attorneys during the trial board hearing," said Alperstein.
Still, at Penn/North, there's disappointment.
"He died in their custody. Somebody needs to take responsibility for this," said Leshonda Edmonds.