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Baltimore police to use apps for new policies

Baltimore police say the department will use web and smartphone applications to help make sure officers read and understand new rules.

The issue of officers not being aware of new or updated policies was raised in the trials of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was injured in police custody and died a week later.

Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Tuesday that officers will access new policies through the apps and must take a quiz before signing off. The department launches the system July 1.

Davis made the announcement one day after Officer Edward Nero was acquitted of charges stemming from Gray’s arrest. Nero said he wasn’t aware of an updated policy requiring officers to seatbelt prisoners.

Gray died in April 2015, a week after his neck was broken in a police van while he was not restrained by a seatbelt.