The D.C. police officer who shot and killed unarmed black motorcyclist Terrence Sterling last year “broke policy,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department Internal Review Board.
On Tuesday (Dec. 5), the board found that Officer Brian Trainer was not justified in opening fire on Sterling on the morning of Sept. 11, 2016. The board recommended that Trainer should be terminated, WUSA9 reports.
In August, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Trainer would not face criminal charges after he shot Sterling who was reported to be driving recklessly. The office determined that there was not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trainer violated Sterling’s civil rights by using unreasonable force.
Trainer shot Sterling following a brief police chase through D.C. Police say Sterling rammed his motorcycle into Trainer’s door, leaving a bruise on his knee. Trainer reacted by firing two shots through the front window, striking Sterling in the neck and back.
According to officials, the Internal Review Board’s investigation is separate from the U.S. Attorney’s office and does not determine whether Trainer should be held criminally liable.