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Baltimore Police Officer suspended following perjury, assault, misconduct charges for 2019 incidents

Posted at 1:07 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 13:11:18-04

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore Police Officer has been suspended without pay after being charged with perjury, assault, and misconduct in office.

A Baltimore City Grand Jury returned two indictments against Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Officer Leon Riley IV., for two separate incidents that occurred on April 22, 2019 and December 2, 2019 in the City of Baltimore.

Riley was indicted on two counts of second degree assault, one count of perjury and one count of misconduct for the April incident involving two victims.

He was indicted on one count of 1st degree assault, one count of 2nd degree assault, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of misconduct for the December incident involving one victim.

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For the April case, Riley faces up to 30 years in prison, and for the December case, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

The State's Attorney's Office said the indictments stem from an investigation led by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit and Evidence Review Unit and BPD’s Body Worn Camera Division and the Internal Affairs Division.

“Due to the nature of the charges including one being a felony, Det. Riley, who had his police powers suspended immediately when this investigation began in April 2020, will now be suspended without pay pending the outcome of this case,” BPD said in a statement. “This type of conduct, if proven, will not be condoned. The Department’s Public Integrity Bureau has been working with the State’s Attorney’s Office on this investigation.”