Baltimore City Schools Police Chief Marshall Goodwin resigned Friday

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 06:10:12-04

Baltimore City Schools Police Chief Marshall “Toby” Goodwin resigned Friday after serving nine years on the force.

The resignation comes after a video surfaced in March of a city schools police officer slapping a young person, later identified as a student of REACH! Partnership School near Clifton Park in Northeast Baltimore.

Two officers have been charged in that incident. Anthony Spence and Saverna Bias face one count each of second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Both are misdemeanors. A trial is scheduled to begin July 27.

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Goodwin was placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation was being conducted by the Baltimore Police Department's Special Investigation Response Team.

A Baltimore police spokesperson said Wednesday that investigation was still ongoing.

Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, the union that represents city schools police officers, said Wednesday though he had not yet spoken with Goodwin, he believed the resignation was not related to the video.

"The administrative leave that chief Goodwin was on has always been a question mark," he said.

City Schools released a statement Wednesday saying Goodwin is leaving the position to pursue other interests.

“City Schools is deeply grateful to Goodwin for his service to our schools, students, and community, and wishes him well in his future endeavors,” school officials said.

David Pontious, a student-activist with the Baltimore group City Bloc, said he believed the resignation was related to the video.

"I think it's time for there to be new management to re-evaluate how school police operate, how they train, how they hire, and how they vet people they're charging with protecting children," Pontious said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declined to comment on the resignation.

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Goodwin is a graduate of Edmondson High School. He worked in the Baltimore City sheriff’s office for 25 years and in public safety at Baltimore City Community College before joining City Schools.

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