A Baltimore City police officer has been indicted in Baltimore County on misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s office said.
Officer William S. Kern, 46, allegedly shot a University of Maryland Baltimore police trainee in the head during a training exercise at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills in February. The grand jury indictment identifies the trainee as Raymond Northern Gray.
Gray was critically injured.
If Kern is convicted, the assault charge could carry up to 10 years in prison; the maximum sentence for reckless endangerment is five years, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
In a statement, the office said an arrest warrant has been issued for Kern, who has been with the Baltimore Police Department since Nov. 7, 1994. The state’s attorney’s office has asked Baltimore City police to “suspend any Internal Affairs’ investigation until the completion of the criminal case,” the statement reads.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, around 2:30 p.m. Gray was shot in the front of the head
allegedlyby Kern during a training exercise at facility in Owings Mills, where the Baltimore Police Department trains various law enforcement agencies.
If I was driving 25mph over the speed limit, I’d be charged with reckless endangerment. Yet, they can shoot people in the head and get the same charge.
To make matters worse, the top Baltimore police commanders and training directors not knowing that a training exercise was being conducted, with live firearms, is extremely negligent. It is simply unacceptable.
It’s also worth noting that Maryland has been in the news a lot lately over police misconduct. You guys out there need to contact your elected officials and fix these problems. Police accountability is what you need.