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

Published July 18, 2016 3:01PM (EDT)

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.

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.

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.

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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