Investigated Baltimore police commander sues department

BALTIMORE (AP) — A ranking Baltimore police commander once investigated over the use of funds from a nonprofit she created is suing the department over its probe.

The Daily Record reports Kimberly Burrus says Baltimore police violated her right to due process under the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. She’s seeking an injunction from all punishment violating her procedural rights.

Burrus founded the nonprofit to improve police-community relations after the highly publicized death of a black man in police custody in 2015. Following the investigation, prosecutors did not pursue charges, citing a lack of compelling evidence. Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle reduced the department’s suggested punishment to a transfer, non-consecutive 60-day suspension and demotion to lieutenant.

City Solicitor Andre Davis declined to comment on the lawsuit Wednesday. It was moved a day earlier to federal court.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.com

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