Verdict for highest ranking officer in Freddie Gray case: Not guilty of all counts
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the Freddie Gray case has been found not guilty of all counts.
The ruling was handed down by Judge Barry Williams on Monday morning.
"Court cannot be swayed by public opinion," Williams said, while delivering his ruling.
In order to prove involuntary manslaughter, the state had to prove that Rice "acted in grossly negligent manner" and that the behavior resulted in Gray's death, Williams told the court. He ruled that the state did not reach that threshold.
The prosecution also did not prove that Lt. Rice knew of a new order which required officers to seatbelt prisoners inside police vans, Williams said.
The judge began reading Rice's verdict by saying, "court must be guided by the law."
Officer William Porter, the first to be tried, saw proceedings end with a hung jury in December.
The next officer trial in the Gray case is scheduled to begin July 27, for Officer Garrett Miller, who wrote the police report after Gray's arrest.
- State of Maryland v. Garrett Miller: July 27, 2016 (charged with: assault/second degree, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment)
- State of Maryland v William Porter: Sept. 6, 2016 (charged with: involuntary manslaughter, assault/second degree, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment)
- State of Maryland v. Alicia White: Oct. 13, 2016 (charged with: involuntary manslaughter, assault/second degree, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment)
At this time Officer Nero and Officer Miller are suspended with pay in an "admin capacity," Baltimore Police confirm.
Goodson remains suspended, though his back pay was approved by the Board of Estimates last week. He is now set to receive nearly $88,000.
Lt. Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, and Officer Porter remain suspended without pay.
Gray was arrested on April 12, 2015 after officers say he "fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence," placed unrestrained in a police van and transported to Western District.
When officers attempted to remove Gray from the wagon he was no longer breathing and was found to be in cardiac arrest by a responding medic.
He underwent surgery at Shock Trauma at and died on April 19, 2015.
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