MPD PRESS RELEASE:
WASHINGTON, DC — A Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) trial board has recommended that MPD Officer Brian Trainer be fired for the 2016 fatal shooting and killing of motorcyclist Terrence Sterling.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the decision on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show Friday afternoon and a spokesperson for the Attorney General for the District of Columbia confirmed the decision to DCW50 News at 10.
The decision on whether to fire Trainer is now up to MPD Chief Peter Newsham, but Trainer does have ten business days to appeal the board’s decision directly to Newsham.
Trainer’s attorney, James W. Pressler, Jr., told DCW50 News at 10 in an email that they “intend to aggressively pursue the appeal to the Chief, and beyond.”
Jason Downs, the attorney representing Sterling’s family, released the following statement about the decision:
“The Sterling family is pleased with today’s decision. Given that it appears Officer Trainer will not be criminally prosecuted, the Sterling family hopes that he will, at a minimum, be terminated. Terrence’s family is hopeful that Officer Trainer will never be in a position to cause another family the grief with which they live every day.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Wednesday that the District has reached a $3.5 million settlement with family of the late Terrence Sterling.
Officials say the agreement resolves a lawsuit the family filed against the District in the 2016 shooting death at the hands of a Metropolitan Police Department officer.
Sterling, 31, was shot and killed Officer Brian Trainer in the early hours of September 11, 2016.
Police said they had been on the lookout for a motorcyclist driving erratically and attempted to stop Sterling, who was riding a motorcycle, near 3rd St. NW and M St. NW.
Police said that Trainer shot Sterling after Sterling rammed his motorcycle into the police cruiser.
Shortly after, the family filed a $50 million civil lawsuit, claiming police blocked Sterling with the cruiser, which is violation of a general order. It goes to claim that this made a collision unavoidable.
It also stated that Officer Trainer used excessive force.
In her statement, Mayor Bowser said, in part, “When something bad happens, we keep the public’s trust by looking into what went wrong and taking steps to make things right…This settlement is a step in that direction.”