Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice was found not guilty on all charges tied to the death of Freddie Gray.
Rice, the highest-ranking officer to stand trial over Gray’s death, had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. Judge Barry Williams issued the ruling.
25-year-old Freddie Gray suffered a broken neck in a police transport van on April 12, 2015. Rice was one of the three officers on bike patrol the morning Gray was arrested, and he was the officer who put Gray into the transport wagon after he was shackled — failing to fasten his seat belt, according to the testimony of other officers.
Gray’s death ushered in a resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have sparked the movement once again.
Rice is the fourth of the six officers charged in the case to stand trial. Earlier this year, officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr. were acquitted on all charges in bench trials. The trial of officer William Porter ended in a mistrial in December after a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four charges against him.
Opting for a bench trial over a jury trial, Rice’s case was heard by Williams — the same judge who acquitted Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson on all charges related to Gray’s death.