Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office Monday (July 18). Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying Rice will face a departmental administrative review now that the trial is over.
The judge, Barry Williams, is the same one who in June acquitted Caeser Goodson Jr., the officer who drove the van Gray was being transported in, and who was facing the most severe charges. Before Goodson, Williams also acquitted officer Edward Nero. The first officer to stand trial, William Porter, saw his case end in a hung jury in December. Officer Garrett Miller is slated to stand trial next.
Six officers in total faced charges over Gray's death, which stemmed from injuries sustained in April 2015 when he was being transported in a police van without being secured in a seatbelt. The city of Baltimore erupted in protests following the 25-year-old's death.