Paid bounties for race soldiers….smh
Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer acquitted in the case of Freddie Gray, is likely to get almost $127,000 in back pay, NBC News reports.
The city’s Board of Estimates is scheduled Wednesday to consider the payment to Rice of $126,916, a sum which “represents the amount of salary that Mr. Rice would have earned for the period of May 1, 2015 through July 18, 2016,” the network notes.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Rice and three other officers charged with felonies in connection with the case were suspended without pay, under department policy. However, after being acquitted, Rice is entitled to back pay under the same policy.
“Being suspended without pay for over a year has been financially devastating to Lt. Rice and his family,” Michael Belsky, Rice’s attorney, said, according to the Sun.
As the Sun notes, last month, the board authorized $87,705 in back pay for Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr, the driver of the police van in which authorities said Gray was injured.