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Cop Who Killed Terrence Sterling Loses Appeal and Will be Fired

Officer Brian Trainer, the Washington, D.C. police officer who fatally shot Terrence Sterling in 2016, lost his appeal to keep his job and will be terminated from the force next week.

Trainer’s last day on the job will be Friday June 22, after Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham denied his appeal. The decision comes about a month after a police trial board recommended firing Trainer, who argued that the panel unfairly judged his case.

Trainer fatally shot the unarmed motorcyclist on September 11, 2016 after Sterling’s motorcycle hit the police cruiser Trainer and another officer were riding in. Trainer claimed he shot Sterling because his motorcycle injured his knee during the collision with the police cruiser’s door.

However, a witness at the scene stated that the officer’s testimony was not what really happened. Also, an investigation said Trainer’s knee injury was more consistent with him being on the ground giving CPR to Sterling after the shooting.

Police said late last year that the shooting was unjustified and recommended Trainer be fired. In February, Sterling’s family reached a legal settlement with D.C. city government for $3.5 million.

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