Highest Ranking Officer Charged in Freddie Gray Trial Acquitted on All Counts

Lt. Brian Rice; Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

Lt. Brian Rice; Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

The highest ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the Feddie Gray murder trial has been acquitted.

Lieutenant Brian Rice had been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment, among others, before Judge Barry Williams acquitted him of those charges this morning. 

"The state failed to show that the defendant, even if he was aware of the risk, consciously disregarded that risk," said Judge Williams in reference to Lt. Rice's failure to seatbelt Mr. Gray into the back of a police van the day he died.

The acquittal of Lt. Rice is the latest in a string of failures by the prosecution in their attempt to charge six officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

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