According to WBAL, on Monday, July 18, 2016, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams acquitted Lieutenant Brian Rice of the three charges from the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore, Maryland. Rice was charged with reckless endangerment, misconduct in office, and manslaughter. He was the highest-ranking officer indicted on charges that resulted from the death of Gray. In April 2015, Gray was thrown into the back of a Baltimore police transport van, where he broke his neck while restrained.
None of the officers indicted had secured Gray with a seatbelt. It was argued the police transport van was not moving which eliminated any misconduct or reckless endangerment.
Additionally, it was determined it was not possible to blame any one person for the death of Gray. The lack of evidence resulted in Rice’s acquittal of all three charges.
Rice’s acquittal, was the fourth in the Gray case. Judge Williams claimed the Maryland State prosecutor failed to prove Rice was guilty 0f anything. This reality solemnizes the idea of finding guilt of any Baltimore police personnel related to the Gray case. It is also unclear how these consecutive acquittals of Baltimore police officers will affect the determination of the final two cases including officer Garrett Miller, and Lieutenant Alicia White. These acquittals depict how police brutality towards minorities has continued to go unpunished.
Written by Kristina Lasher
Edited by Cathy Milne
WBAL: Lt. Brian Rice Acquitted On All Charges
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