Judge Acquits Highest-Ranking Officer In Death of Freddie Gray

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A Baltimore judge today acquitted police Lt. Brian Rice in last year’s arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Sun reports. Rice, 42, is the highest ranking of six officers charged. Judge Barry Williams considered three charges against Rice: involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He previously dismissed a second-degree assault charge, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge. Rice’s acquittal is likely to renew calls for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to drop the remaining charges in the case.

Williams previously acquitted two other officers, Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr., of all charges. A fourth officer, William Porter, had a mistrial in December after a jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him. Civil rights activists and protesters had called for officers to be held accountable ever since Gray died from severe spinal cord injuries suffered in the back of a police van last year. A fifth officer, Garrett Miller, is scheduled to go to trial on July 27. Porter is scheduled to be retried on Sept. 6. A sixth officer, Sgt. Alicia White, is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 13.

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