Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams Acquitted Police Officer Lt. Brian Rice of all Charges Related to Gray’s Arrest and Death
Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby 0 for 4 …
Add another loss to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. This afternoon, Lt. Brian Rice of the Baltimore Police department was acquitted by Circuit judge Barry G. Williams. Mosby is now 0-4 in the over the top and unfair prosecutions of police officers related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Prosecutors in Baltimore failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitting Lt. Brian Rice of all charges Monday related to Gray’s arrest and death.
Williams cleared Rice, 42, of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in a downtown Baltimore courtroom. The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault charge at the trial’s midpoint, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the start.
Rice chose a bench trial rather than a jury trial, putting his legal fate in Williams’ hands. He was the fourth of six officers charged in the case to go to trial, and the third to be acquitted by Williams. Another officer’s trial ended with a hung jury and mistrial.
Prosecutors alleged that Rice, the highest-ranking officer of the six charged, had caused Gray’s death by failing to secure him in a seat belt in the back of the van, where Gray suffered severe spinal cord injuries last year. Gray, 25, died a week after his arrest. His death sparked widespread protests against police brutality.
The partisan hack who pandered to the mob and unjustly charged 6 police officers so that the mob could get their pound of flesh has been embarrassed again. She is now zero for four, what will now happen to the remaining cases?
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is now zero-for-four in prosecutions against the officers who were present during Gray’s arrest, transportation to jail, and tragic death. The lone defendant who faced a jury trial, Officer William Porter, had his case declared a mistrial last December when the jury could not reach a decision. The other three defendants, Rice, Officer Edward Nero, and Officer Caesar Goodwin, all opted for bench trials in front of Judge Williams and all three have now been acquitted.