Another acquittal in Baltimore: Fourth officer is cleared in Freddie Gray case

A Baltimore judge acquitted Lt. Brian Rice of all charges in the death of Gray, fatally injured in police custody


Brendan Gauthier
July 18, 2016 7:01PM (UTC)

A fourth Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray.

In a bench ruling on Monday, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Lieutenant Brian Rice not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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Gray sustained spinal cord injuries while in a police van in April 2015. He was brought to a Baltimore-area hospital in critical condition and died one week later.

Charges were brought against six Baltimore police officers, four of which have faced trial, totaling three acquittals and a mistrial.

Judge Williams had previously acquitted Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson, Jr., two other officers charged in the case.

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Another officer, William Porter, got off on a mistrial as a result of a hung jury in December. Porter's retrial is scheduled for September.

Two more officers — Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White — are scheduled to face trials beginning July 27 and October 13, respectively.

Read the full report via The Baltimore Sun.

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Brendan Gauthier

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