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    Assault charge dropped against officer in Freddie Gray case

    Prosecution rests case in Lt. Brian Rice trial

    By Stephen Anthony Sobek
    Posted: 3:21 PM, July 11, 2016

    An assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice was dismissed Monday as the prosecution rested its case during the third day of the Freddie Gray-related trial, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Rice is the fourth officer to go on trial in the police in-custody death of Gray.


    The judge said the state failed to prove Rice acted in concert with someone else to prove an assault charge.

    Rice faces manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges in connection with Gray's death. The 25-year-old died April 19, 2015, a week after he suffered a neck injury in a police transport van.

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    Nero testified for 40 minutes on Monday about Gray's demeanor during his arrest and how Gilmor Homes was becoming "very hostile area" and "started to empty out" at that time.

    During cross examination, Nero described an inhospitable environment during the initial arrest. He added that Gray was flailing, screaming and kicking inside the van.

    "We just had to move and get out of there," said Nero, who added that the crowd was "getting uncomfortably close" to them.

    At one point during Nero's testimony, there was a heated exchange between Nero and prosecutor Michael Schatzow during the state's redirect.

    Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams gave the state some leeway in their questioning of Nero, allowing for questions the defense called leading, given his status as a former defendant in the case and since he is among five officers suing State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby over his arrest.

    Porter was next to testify. He was on the stand for 30 minutes and was asked by prosecutors to recall his interaction with Gray during stops four and five. Porter testified that he asked Gray if he needed medical help, and Gray said "yes."

    Porter testified that Gray's calm demeanor didn't indicate that he was injured. He also added that Rice was not present at either stops four or five.

    University of Maryland Police Captain Martinez Davenport testified about seat belt audits in April and September 2014. Martinez said all districts passed inspection on whether officers were seat belting arrestees.

    Baltimore paramedic Angelique Herbert, who treated Gray at the Western District, was to take the stand next.

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    Day 3 in Lt Rice Trial~ 7/11/2016

    Assault Charge Dismissed At Lt. Rice Trial

    4:40 p.m.

    Monday, July 11, 2016

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    After two days of prosecution testimony which included all witnesses who have testified at other trials and said the same thing on the stand here, there was plenty of new evidence introduced Monday as the state wrapped up its case, at the trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    After the state rested, Judge Barry Williams, acting on a defense motion, announced he would dismiss one of the four charges remaining against Rice,

    The judge said that the state did not present enough evidence for him to even infer that Rice's failure to put Freddie Gray in a seat belt in a police van, led to injuries which make up the legal definition of an assault.

    The judge also ruled there is no evidence to show that Rice worked with any other officer that led to an assault.

    However, the judge rejected the defense request to dismiss the other charges, manslaughter, misconduct in office, or reckless endangerment.

    The judge did say his decision to keep the charge of reckless endangerment, which is related to Rice's failure to put Gray in a seat belt, was a "close call."

    Last year, Rice was indicted on five charges, but last week as the trial began, prosecutors decided to drop a second misconduct in office charge.

    Earlier this afternoon, prosecutors rested their case after calling 13 witnesses to the stand.

    The last witness called ultimately did not testify.

    It was EMT Angelique Herbert, who was dismissed as a witnesses after attorneys for both sides agreed to admit her testimony at the Officer Caesar Goodson trial last month, into evidence here. Herbert was the EMT who responded to the Western District last year to take an unconscious Freddie Gray to Shock Trauma, where he died after a week in the hospital.

    The first prosecution witness of the day was Baltimore City Police Officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted at his own trial in May.

    Nero is suing the state’s attorney’s office for wrongful arrest..

    He was subpoenaed to testify for the state.

    Nero told prosecutors it was Lt. Rice who made the decision to take Freddie Gray to Central Booking rather than the Western District Police station, and that Gray was partially cooperative when he was arrested.

    Under cross examination, Nero said officers chose to have the police van stop at Mount and Baker Street, to get Gray and police officers away from what was a growing crowd surrounding the police van.

    Nero said officers were worried about their own safety.

    Also testifying today, Officer William Porter, who said Gray had moved off the van bench between the van’s fourth and fifth stop.

    Defense attorneys noted they were limited in questioning Porter by the judge, and so after the state rested its case, the defense asked for permission to admit Porter's testimony at his own trial in December as evidence at this trial. Judge Barry Williams says he will hear arguments on that request tomorrow.

    The defense did present two witnesses today.

    The first was Donta Allen, the seocnd man who was arrested and loaded into a sepearate section of the police van with Gray.

    Like his testimony last month at the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, Allen was at times combative with defense lawyers, but he testified he heard what he believed to be Gray banging his head from the other side of the van.

    The last defense witness of the day was Baltimore City Police Officer Zacahary Novak, who was offered immunity to testify before a grand jury last year.

    Novak told defense lawyers he responded to the van's seocnd stop at Mount and Baker Street because of reports of a crowd surrounding the van.

    Under cross examination he told prosecutors that the crowd had dispersed by the time he arrived.

    Court will resume tomorrow morning at 9:30.

    3:16 p.m.

    Donta Allen, who had a contentious time on the stand in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, was the first witness called to the stand by Rice's defense.

    Allen was in the same police transport van as Freddie Gray on the day of their separate arrests. He was similarly confrontational with defense attorney Chazz Ball, but did say he heard something like head banging from the other side of the police van.

    The second witness was Western District Officer Zachary Novak, who was offered immunity from prosecution by the state.

    2:48 p.m.

    After a defense motion to dismiss all charges, Judge Barry Williams dismissed the assault charge against Rice. Three other charges, including involuntary manslaughter remain.

    2:30 p.m.

    After presenting 13 witnesses, including fellow officers involved in Gray's arrest, the prosecution rested its case against Rice early Monday afternoon.

    12:15 p.m.

    The trial is expected to resume at 2 p.m. after a lunch break.

    A court spokeswoman told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that Officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted at his own trial in May, was issued a subpoena by prosecutors forcing his testimony today.

    Nero is suing the state’s attorney’s office so prosecutors were allowed to ask waht the defense considered to be "leading questions."

    Nero described meeting with Rice and Officer Garrett Miller after Freddie Gray was first loaded to the van, and Rice decided Gray should be sent to Central Booking.

    Under cross examination, Nero mentioned the van had to stop at Mount and Baker first to get Gray into leg shackles and to get him away from a growing crowd coming out of Gilmor Homes, that Nero said was growing hostile and threatening to police.

    Nero also said Gray’s arms were flailing at the time of his arrest and when he was put back into the van. but prosecutors later asked him to point out in surveillance video where he saw Gray’s arms flailing. Nero said that he couldn’t see that in the video.

    Meantime, Officer William Porter also testified and he noted Gray had moved off the van seat, when the van arrived at its fifth stop on North Avenue.

    There was also brief testimony this morning from University of Maryland Police Capt. Martinez Davenport, who is a former Baltimore City Police lieutenant who conducted routine seat belt inspections on police vans.

    The last witness called to the stand, before the lunch break, was Angelique Herbert, who was the EMT who responded to the Western District to find an unconscious Gray.

    Herbert never testified this morning, as there was a lengthy conference at the bench between attorneys and Judge Barry Williams.

    Shortly before court recessed for lunch, the judge said both sides would agree to stipulations regarding Herbert's testimony, when court resumes.

    Herbert went off the stand, and shook hands with Assistant State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe.

    Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case today. They have yet to call another accused officer, Garrett Miller to the stand. Miller is being ordered to testify for the state. His trial starts later this month.


    11:50 a.m.

    Officer William Porter spent roughly 30 minutes on the stand. His first trial ended in a hung jury--he testified under limited immunity granted by the prosecution.

    Porter testified that he put Gray on the van's seat at the van's fourth stop and asked Gray if he wanted to go to the hospital. At the van's fifth stop, he said Gray was leaning against the van seat. Porter said on cross-examination, when asked, that Porter and Gray hyad met before. He said Gray was docile at the van's fourth stop, clarifying to Rice's attorney that Porter was not injured.

    On a contentious redirect, prosecutor Micharl Schatzow showed video of Porter's initial interview with internal affairs. He pointed out that Porter said Gray's body was more angled in that initial interview. Porter said that his initial statement at the time was not accurate.

    11:00 a.m.

    Court is in brief recess after Officer Edward Nero has wrapped up testimony after 40 minutes.

    After bench conference, Judge Williams acknowledges that Officer Nero is suing state's attorney and has been previous defendant.

    Under cross-examination Officer Nero said the decision to go to Mount and Baker was based on a "hostile environment" at first stop. Nero also claimed that Gray, at the arrest, was partially cooperating, partially not.



    10:00 a.m.

    Officer Edward Nero is taking the stand for the prosecution. Nero was acquitted at his own trial in May.

    9:25 a.m.


    Lt. Brian Rice has arrived at Courthouse East for the third day of his manslaughter trial.

    Rice arrived at the courthouse with his attorneys Michael Davey and Michael Belsky just after 9 a.m.

    About a dozen protesters were standing on the corner of Lexington and Calvert Streets as Rice arrived.

    There was no chanting or attempts to confront Rice who was surrounded by sheriff's deputies.

    The protesters were from the People's Power Assembly, which has organized other demonstrations during the Freddie Gray related trials.

    The dozen protesters were the largest group to appear at the courthouse since the trial began last week.

    Some of the protesters held signs calling for justices for Alton Sterling, who was shot and kileld by police last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Ohilando Castille, who was shot and killed by police in Minnesota.

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    More Defense Testimony Expected At Rice Trial
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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    Updates in Trial Today~~~


    12:45 p.m.

    Judge Barry Williams has granted a request of the attorneys for Lt. Brian Rice to allow portions of the transcript of the trial of another accused officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray to be used as evidence at Rice's trial.

    Judge Williams ruled on the motion that will allow around five pages of the trial transcript from Officer William Porter's testimony at his own trial in December to be admitted into evidence.

    Porter testified for the prosecution Monday, under limited immunity, and his attorneys told the judge that Porter would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights if he is called for the defense.

    In the testimony at his trial Porter addressed his conduct at the police van's first and seocnd stop, where Rice loaded Gray into the van.

    The judge agreed with Rice's attorneys that because of Porter's rfusal to testify for the defense he is an "unavailable witness," and the only way to get Porter to address the issue Rice's attorneys want to raise is to admit the trial transcript into evidence.

    The judge acknowledged this is a "unique situation" when making this decision.

    The defense initially requested 27 pages of testimony to be admitted into evidence, but the Judge is admitting only five.

    Porter testified in his own defense at his trial on December 9. That trial ended with a hung jury one week later. Porter faces a retrial in September.

    Court is now in a lunch break.

    Judge Williams said when the proceedings resume at 2 o'clock, prosecutors will ahve a chance to make their own request for additional evidence, and then the defense can present more witnesses.

    The defense which has presented four witnesses over the last two days could wrap up its case later today.




    12:05 p.m.

    The third witness for the defense was Dr. Matthew Ammerman of George Washington Hospital, a neurosurgeon who also testified in the trial of Officer William Porter.

    He said he believed the symptoms experienced by Gray manifested instantaneously, and could not have been prevented by wearing a seat belt.

    Under a cross-examination, Ammerman was shown an x-ray of Gray's spine and was asked if it was an incomplete spinal cord injury. Ammerman said it was, but that even with an incomplete injury, Gray would have been able to breathe.

    The fourth witness was former Washington, D.C. medical examiner Dr. Jonathan Arden, who also testified in Officer Caesar Goodson's trial. Much of his testimony Tuesday mirrored what he said in the earlier case. Arden said he would have classified the death as accidental, though admitted in cross-examination that there's a difference between the medical and legal definitions of the word "accidental." He concurred with Ammerman in saying a seat belt would not have prevented Gray's death.

    The defense may rest later Tuesday afternoon.

    10:10 a.m.

    The attorneys for Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice are asking Judge Barry Williams to admit into evidence 27 pages of testimony that Officer William Porter gave at his trial in December.

    That trial ended with a hung jury.

    Porter testified yesterday for the prosecution, and talked about how he checked on Freddie Gray at the police transport van's fourth and fifth stop and how his position changed in the van.

    Rice's attorney Michael Belsky argued that prosecutors deliberately did not ask Porter about his role at the van's first and seocnd stops, where Gray was arrested, and then was loaded back into the van by Rice..

    Belsky said because of that, he could not cross examine Porter on those stops.

    At the start of his testimony Porter and his attorneys said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment Rights if asked to testify again at this trial.

    Porter, who faces a retrial in September, is being offered limited immunity for his testimony.

    Belsky argued that Porter is an "unavailable witness" to the defense and so the law would allow for transcripts of his previous testimony to be admitted as evidence.

    Assistant State's Attorney Michael Schatzow argued against the request.

    Schatzow noted that the Porter case was different, because Porter's role in the treatment of Gray was different.

    Judge Williams noted that prosecutors did ask Porter about the first and seocnd van stops at the December trial.

    Schatzow said that questioning was very limited to Porter involving a "code of silence" by refusing to identify Rice or other officers who were at the scene, when prosecutors argued he was close enough at the van's second stop to identify the other officers.

    Judge Williams was presented with the 27 pages of the transcript and told he would review the matter and rule later.

    He asked the defense to present their next witness.

    Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is in the courtroom today, sitting in the front row behind the prosecution table watching the proceedings.



    5:15 a.m.

    It is day four of the manslaughter trial of Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Rice now faces three charges, after one charge was dropped on Monday.

    The defense wanted all four charges against Rice dismissed after the prosecution rested its case



    Judge Barry Williams would only dismiss the second degree assault charge, noting the state hadn’t proven its case.

    Three charges remain.

    They are manslaughter, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment, though on the last charge, the judge said it was a "close call. "

    The defense will present more witnesses today but first the judge will hear arguments on a defense request to have a transcript of Officer William Porter’s trial testimony admitted as evidence.

    Porter testified for the prosecution under limited immunity on Monday. However, Rice’s attorneys argued that the state limited their scope of questioning on the stand. Porter's attorneys told the court if called to testify again, he would invoke his right to remain silent, even though he is ordered to testify at all trials. Porter faces a retrial in September.

    The defense argues that Freddie Gray was an uncooperative detainee, and partially injured himself, and that contributed to his death, and that Lt. Rice’s actions were reasonable.

    The defense already presented testimony from Donta Allen, the other prisoner in the van with Gray, separate by a wall, Allen said he heard Gray banging his head.

    The defense also presented testimony from Officer Zachary Novak, who responded to the van’s second stop at Mount and Baker Street, because of concerns about a crowd surrounding the van.

    Under cross examination Novak told prosecutors that crowd had left by the time he arrived on the scene. The defense could wrap up its case late today or tomorrow.

    Court resumes at 9:30 a.m.
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    DAY 4 of the Manslaughter Trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice ~~7/12/2016


    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    Prosecutors didn't ask Porter much about Stops1/2 b/c he could have talked about Gray being volatile/crowd @cbsbaltimore 2/2 #RiceTrial



    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    Judge acknowledged "unique" situation: Porter won't testify for defense b/c he still faces charges @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial 1/2



    Mike Hellgren  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    Segments of testimony come from Porter's own trial where he indicated there was a crowd gathered @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial


    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    The defense has just called fmr. D.C. Chief Medical Examiner Jonathan Arden #RiceTrial




    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Ammerman said #FreddeiGray injuries were catastrophic & occurred between van stop 5 and 6. Gray wouldn't be able to breathe/move




    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 7m7 minutes ago

    Defense doctor: #FreddieGray injury "is as serious as it gets" "would have taken an extreme amount of force" @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial

    Justin Fenton Verified account  ‏@justin_fenton

    Dont have a crystal ball, but it feels like testimony in #RiceTrial could wrap today..




    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Defense contention is injury happened between next-to-last and last stop, where police did call for a medic @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial





    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191 ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Heading back into #RiceTrial after brief recess. #wbal



    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    Neurosurgeon Dr Matthew David Ammerman is on stand as expert medical witness for #RiceTrial defense;Also testified for Porter @cbsbaltimore



    David Collins
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    Porter through his attorney said he would plead the 5th if called by the defense



    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Porter indicated he would invoke 5th amendment right against self-Incrimination if called by #RiceTrial defe…



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial @MarilynMosbyEsq was in courtroom today sitting behind prosecution table Believe spokeswoman @RochelleRitchie also here




    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Judge was presented with 27 pages of testimony and said he'd review arguments. Waiting for next def. witness



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Belsky said that he cannot call Porter on his won because he can't offer him immunity & Porter atty. said if called he'lltake 5th



    Brendan McNamara ‏@BrendanABC2

    Defense in #RiceTrial cannot offer Porter immunity to testify again, so he will not be called. @ABC2NEWS




    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    Court began this morning with both sides arguing whether or not to allow part of Officer Porter's testimony from his trial in #RiceTrial



    WYPR ‏@WYPR881FM

    Prosecutors in #FreddieGray case have faced more challenges during #RiceTrial [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] #Baltimore

    WJZ | CBS Baltimore ‏@cbsbaltimore

    #RiceTrial resumes today, follow us & @HellgrenWJZ for the latest. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]




    Wendy Spickerman ‏@wspickerman

    Day 4 #RiceTrial Yesterday Judge dropped assault charges. #BaltimoreNews
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    [LIVE BLOG] Testimony Continues In Trial for Baltimore Lieutenant Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death
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    Rice is the forth officer to stand trial in connection to Gray’s death.

    On June 23, 2016, Judge Williams found Officer Caesar Goodson not guilty of all charges against him.

    Last month, Officer Edward Nero, who was charged in Gray’s death, was found not guilty.




    Here’s who’s heading to trial next:
    •Officer Garrett Miller: July 27, on an assault charge.
    •Officer Alicia White: October 13 on manslaughter and assault charges.
    •Officer William Porter : September 6 on assault charges

    Officer William Porter was the first officer to go on trial in the case, but a mistrial was declared after three days of jury deliberations in December 2015.

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    TWEETS~~DAY 4 of the Manslaughter Trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice ~~7/12/2016


    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Judge Williams did not issue any kind of ruling, nor did defense raise objection to "Jail Jail Jail" comment on Ross video




    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    #BREAKING: Another setback for the state; judge will allow portions of Ofc Porter's past testimony in #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore



    Sheryl R. Wood, Esq. ‏@SherylWoodEsq ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    Ammerman's testimony in #RiceTrial regarding tremendous force in van helps prove State's failed rough ride theory from #GoodsonTrial

    Sheryl R. Wood, Esq. ‏@SherylWoodEsq ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    Doubtful Court will allow Porter's previous testimony into evidence as requested by defense. Nero already testified re Stop 2. #RiceTrial




    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 9m9 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Defense could rest this afternoon. Heading back to court to find out





    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191 ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Forensic pathologist Dr. Jonathan Arden testified for #RiceTrial defense #wbal




    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Arden said seat belts would not have prevented Gray death




    Sheryl R. Wood, Esq. ‏@SherylWoodEsq ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    Separate trials the right call since there is no conspiracy charge. State must be able to prove each officer guilty separately. #RiceTrial



    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    Dr. Jonathan Arden has repeated much of his testimony from #GoodsonTrial #RiceTrial



    Mike Hellgren Verified account 
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    Dr Arden admits #FreddieGray injuries could have been prevented by a seat belt @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial




    Paul McGrew ‏@McGrewFox45  Baltimore, MD

    Gray's injuries were an unforeseen/unexpected event. No evidence Gray died at hands of another through a malicious act. #RiceTrial



    Brian Kuebler ‏@BrianfromABC2 ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    Back on the grid after vaca. @BrendanABC2 is holding down our #RiceTrial coverage for @ABC2NEWS - I am on @port_covington news.




    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191 ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Heading back into #RiceTrial after brief recess #wbal



    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191 ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Ammerman: I believe the symptoms manifested itself instantaneously. #RiceTrial #wbal
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    Defense Rests In Lt. Brian Rice Trial, Closing Arguments Thursday

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    Robert Lang and Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

    2:22 p.m.

    The defense rested Tuesday. Lt. Brian Rice did not take the stand in his own defense.

    Judge Barry Williams set closing arguments for Thursday at 10 a.m.

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    Closing arguments today in Rice BenchTrial / 7/14/2016


    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Bledsoe: To justify his actions Lt Rice blames the victim, the community and the space in the van #RiceTrial…

    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: #RiceTrial prosecutor Janice Bledsoe using closing to try and prove #FreddieGray was not combative and there…




    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Back in open court Bledsoe said to consider testimony of Brandon Ross and Jamel Baker, the only civilian witnesses to van stop 2




    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Prosecution says"if Lt Rice acted like the leader BPD thought he was... #FreddieGray would not have been arrested" #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore



    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    The state is still presenting their closing argument; Dep. St. Stty. Janice Bledsoe is speaking. We're on a quick break. #RiceTrial




    Mike Hellgren Verified account 
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    Bledsoe says Rice motive was to get back at #FreddieGray "for screaming, for saying his handcuffs were too tight" #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore



    Erick Ferris ‏@erick_ferris ˇ 10m10 minutes ago

    All the players for #RiceTrial arrive for Closing Arguments. @BrendanABC2 will recap at 5PM. #Baltimore #FreddieGray




    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Prosecutors will stress the lieutenant's rank, but is it enough? #RiceTrial updates here @cbsbaltimore #FreddieGray




    Victor Henderson ‏@vjhenderson

    Closing arguments are set to begin at 10am this morning in the #RiceTrial. Let's predict when the verdict will come out! #FreddieGray



    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    @TPeace19 there is still manslaughter, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in #RiceTrial

    NY Justice Seeker ‏@NYJusticeSeeker

    #RiceTrial Prosecutors and defense attorneys in Lt. #BrianRice trial to give closing arguments today. #FreddieGray [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]




    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Already in #RiceTrial the state dropped a misconduct in office charge and the judge dismissed the assault ch…

    WJZ | CBS Baltimore ‏@cbsbaltimore ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    Closing arguments set to take place this AM in #RiceTrial. #FreddieGray [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Closing Arguments Today In Rice Trial. Other Officers Attending Proceedings

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

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    12:58 p.m.

    With the closing arguments complete, Judge Barry Williams said he will deliver his verdict Monday at 10 a.m

    11:50 a.m.

    Bledsoe acknowledged the disagreements among medical experts about what caused Freddie Gray's death, but she said the court should strongly consider the testimony of Dr. Carol Allan, who performed Gray's autopsy and was the only doctor who removed and examined Gray's spinal cord.

    She said Rice had every reason to be aware of the new seat belt policy that had come down just days before Gray's fateful arrest. She said a reasonable police officer in Rice's position would follow the commissioner's memorandum, and that a reasonable officer wouldn't "act like a jerk when a citizen complains."

    "If you believe the two citizens [Ross and Baker], then you will find Lt. Rice guilty," Bledsoe said.



    11:05 a.m.

    Prosecutor Janice Bledsoe, in her closing argument, said that as the highest-ranking officer present at Freddie Gray's arrest, Lt. Brian Rice had a duty to ensure police standing orders were followed.

    "Lt. Rice's decisions cannot be be blamed on poor judgement or error," Bledsoe said. "It was an intentional act that started a chain leading to the death of Freddie Gray."

    She said Rice didn't so much as make eye contact with Gray, only chasing him because he ran. And instead of seat belting Gray, Bledsoe said, Rice stepped over him to threaten Brandon Ross, who was filming the encounter. She then introduced audio from Ross' video


    "Rice is heard shouting to the crowd 'jail, jail, jail," she said.

    A seven-minute bench conference followed, after which Bledsoe asked the court to consider the testimonies of Ross and Jamel Baker, the only civilian witnesses to the van's second stop.


    9:45 a.m.

    Lt. Brian Rice has arrived at Courthouse East for closing arguments in his manslaughter trial.

    Two other officers, who were charged in Freddie Gray's death are also in the courthouse attending today's proceedings.

    Officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted of all charges in May arrived before Rice, along with Officer Garrett Miller, whose own trial is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks.

    Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is also due in the courtroom.

    Today;'s closing arguments are expected to take around two hours.

    Judge Barry Williams will then announce when he will announce his verdict.

    It is likely that will be on Monday




    Closing arguments will be heard this morning in the manslaughter trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    As with the last two bench trial in the Freddie Gray cases, prosecutors and defense attorneys can expect to be interrupted by Judge Barry Williams with questions about their case.

    Prosecutors will argue as the officer in charge on the day Freddie Gray was arrested Lt. Brian Rice knew he was putting Freddie Gray at risk for injury and death when he didn’t put him in a seat belt when loading him into the police van.

    The defense will argue Rice’s actions were reasonable.

    After the arguments, Judge Williams will say when he’ll announce his verdict. If it is like previous two cases, the judge will take two days meaning a verdict would be announced Monday.

    Rice is charged with manslaughter, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

    Earlier this week, Judge Williams dropped a second degree assault charge against Rice, citing a lack of evidence.

    At the start of the trial, prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge against Rice.

    The trial lasted four days. The prosecution rested its case Monday afternoon. The defense rested on Tuesday afternoon.

    Court resumes at 10 a.m.
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    Closing arguments today in Rice BenchTrial / 7/14/2016

    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    Under rebuttal #RiceTrial prosecutor Michael Schatzow said Rice blames #FreddieGray crowd and van for Gray's injuries #wbal



    Robert Lang
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    #RiceTrial Bledsoe: Gray spinal cord "not severed...in tact...but it had suffered injury."



    P. Kenneth Burns
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    Bledsoe tells Judge Williams "If you believe the two citizens, then you find Lt. Rice guilty." #RiceTrial


    Ron Snyder Verified account  ‏@SnyderWBALTV ˇ 9m9 minutes ago

    Heading back into court for #RiceTrial rebuttal by state #wbal



    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Judge equally tough on defense, asking ?s when Belsky said certain gen orders on seat belts don't apply to Rice #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore




    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 41s42 seconds ago

    #RiceTrial Belsky wraps up defense closing. Awaiting rebuttal from ASA Schatzow

    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial In his clsoing Michael Belsky said Rice had to make a "split second decision" Gray, uncooperative, Brandon Ross & others, hostile



    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJ

    Says someone yelled "pop this dumba** mf, I'll bust them" Belsky contends crowd was dangerous #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Heading back into courtroom defense about to begin close. Back live at noon @WBALNewsNow



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Bledsoe says "If you believe the two citizens (Brandon Ross and Jamele Baker), then you will find Lt. Rice guilty"



    Robert Lang
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    #RiceTrial Bledsoe says "If you believe the two citizens (Brandon Ross and Jamele Baker), then you will find Lt. Rice guilty"



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Williams to Bledsoe "Are you saying officer should do what Ross says."



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial At one point Judge Williams, as he often does puts hand on side of face. Bledsoe told judge he looks skeptical.

    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191 ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: #RiceTrial prosecutor Bledsoe tried to make case Rice knew #FreddieGray should have been seat belted. #wbal



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial At one point Judge Williams, as he often does puts hand on side of face. Bledsoe told judge he looks skeptical.




    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    Bledsoe says Rice should not have reacted to Brandon Ross the way he did because Ross was not a threat. #RiceTrial




    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    "What do you mean?" Judge asked. "Should he do what a citizen says?" #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore




    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    Judge repeatedly questioned Bledsoe when she said Rice should have listened to Gray's friend Brandon Ross #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore
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    With the closing arguments complete, Judge Barry Williams said he will deliver his verdict Monday at 10 a.m.
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    Freddie Gray case: Verdict in Lt. Rice trial to come Monday.

    July 14, 2016, 12:46 PM


    Freddie Gray case: Verdict in Lt. Rice trial to come Monday.

    July 14, 2016, 12:46 PM

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    Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, with prosecutors and Rice's defense attorneys wrapping up four days of testimony in a final attempt to sway Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams.

    The judge has said he will issue his verdict Monday at 10 a.m

    Gray, 25, died April 19, 2015, a week after he suffered severe spinal cord injuries in the back of a police transport van. Rice was involved in Gray's arrest and placement in the van in handcuffs and shackles but not secured in a seat belt.


    Prosecutors allege Rice was negligent and uncaring when he failed to secure Gray in a seat belt, and that his decision cost Gray his life.

    Rice's defense attorneys have said his quick decision was "100 percent reasonable" given Gray's combativeness, inherent dangers associated with securing detainees in seat belts in the close quarters of the van's rear compartment, and the threat posed at the time by a growing number of angry bystanders who outnumbered officers at the scene.


    During Rice's trial, the prosecution called 12 witnesses. The defense called four. Other witness testimony and evidence was stipulated, or agreed to by both sides without being heard in court. Those stipulations helped move the trial along quickly




    Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, with prosecutors and Rice's defense attorneys wrapping up four days of testimony in a final attempt to sway Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams.

    The judge has said he will issue his verdict Monday at 10 a.m

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    Verdict due in trial of Baltimore policeman over Freddie Gray death

    July 18, 2016 6:03 AM EDT

    (Reuters) - A Maryland judge is scheduled to hand down a verdict on Monday in the manslaughter trial of the highest-ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray.

    Lieutenant Brian Rice, 42, is the fourth of six officers to be tried for Gray's death in April 2015 from a broken neck suffered in a police van. Prosecutors have yet to secure a conviction in the high-profile case.

    Gray's death triggered protests and rioting in the mainly black city and stoked a national debate about how police treat minorities. That debate flared anew this month with the deaths of African-American men at the hands of police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

    Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams has said he will announce his verdict at 10 a.m. EDT. He is hearing the case in a bench trial after Rice waived his right to a jury trial.

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    Verdict To Be Announced Today At Rice Trial
    Monday, July 18, 2016

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    9:40 a.m.

    Lt. Brian Rice has arrived at Courthouse East for the verdict in his manslaughter trial.

    Rice is the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Three other accused officers also arrived at the courthouse to watch the proceedings.

    They are Officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted in May, Officer Caesar Goodson, who was acquitted last month, and Officer Garrett Miller, who is scheduled to go on trial next week.

    Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is also expected in the courtroom.

    As of 9:30 a.m., there were two protesters outside of Courthouse East. Security was tight.


    A verdict will be handed down today in the trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    As he did at the trials of Officer Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams is deciding this case.

    The judge will arrive in the courtroom at around 10 this morning an announce his verdict




    Since Rice only faces three charges, manslaughter, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment, today’s court proceedings will be relatively short, compared to other bench trials.

    The proceedings will likely take no more than 30 minutes.

    If there are any hints into how the judge might rule, it came last week, when Judge Williams dismissed a second degree assault charge due to lack of evidence.

    At the time, he said the question of dismissing the reckless endangerment charge was a, "close call."

    If convicted of all three charges, Rice could face more than 10 years in prison.

    The prosecution has argued Rice, as the officer in charge on the day of Freddie Gray’s arrest, knew he had a responsibility to put Freddie Gray in a seat belt in the police van, and didn’t and that set off a chain of events that led to Gray’s death.

    The defense argued that Rice acted property, Freddie Gray was an uncooperative prisoner, and his death was an accident.

    This will be the third time in two months that Judge Williams will announce a verdict in one of the Freddie Gray related cases,.

    In May, Williams found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of all charges.

    Last month, Williams acquitted the van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson of all charges including second degree murder.

    Nero attended Goodson's trial when the verdict was announced, and he attended the closing arguments in Rice's trial last week.

    After this verdict is read, the next officer to go on trial related to Gray's death will be Officer Garrett Miller. His trial is scheduled to begin one week from Wednesday.
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    Verdict Day for Lt Brian Rice in Freddie Gray case Monday July 18, 2016

    Scott Broom‏@scottbroom  Baltimore, MD

    Lt. Brian Rice verdict momentarily in #FreddieGray case. Goodson, Nero, Miller in courtroom @wusa9

    Mariam Khan ‏@MKhan47

    Lt. Brian Rice is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, misconduct in office. #FreddieGray #RiceTrial



    Beth Karas ‏@BethKaras

    Judge Williams to rule soon on the fate of Lt. Brian Rice in the death of #FreddieGray.



    John Gonzalez‏@ABC7John

    Baltimore cops Nero & Miller arrive at the courthouse as we await verdict for Lieutenant Brian Rice. #FreddieGray

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    Judge Williams will be giving his verdict in the #RiceTrial in 10 minutes. #Baltimore #FreddieGray #BrianRice #BlueLivesMatter



    Larry Collins ‏@LarryCFOX45

    Exonerated Ofc Caesar Goodson arrives seconds before Lt. Brian Rice for Rice's verdict in #FreddieGray case.



    Kevin Rector ‏@RectorSun

    Back in court at 10 a.m. today for ruling in Lt. Brian Rice's trial in the #FreddieGray case

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    Ron Snyder Verified account  ‏@SnyderWBALTV ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    #BREAKING Lt Brian Rice not guilty of manslaughter. Rest of verdict to follow. #wbal #RiceTrial #FreddieGray



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    Yay, happy to see this news!
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    Lt. Brian Rice Acquitted On All Charges
    Monday, July 18, 2016

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    10:36 a.m.

    Lt. Brian Rice has been found not guilty of all three charges: involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. His is the third trial in the Gray case to end in a full acquittal.

    While three officers who have also faced or are facing charges in Gray's death were in the courtroom, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby was not.

    Judge Barry Williams said the state did not prove its case for involuntary manslaughter, and asked the court to make a number of assumptions. That charge carried up to 10 years in prison.

    On the reckless endangerment charge, he said the statute would apply if the vehicle was moving, but he said simply putting someone in a van without a seat belt doesn't constitute reckless endangerment. He also said the failure to properly restrain Freddie Gray in itself doesn't constitute misconduct in office.

    Officer Garrett Miller is the next to stand trial in Gray's death. His case begins next week. It's unknown how Monday's acquittal will affect whether the remaining prosecutions of Miller and Lt. Alicia White and the retrial of Officer William Porter.

    A transcript of Williams' verdict should be made available later Monday.


    10:30 a.m.

    Lt. Brian Rice has been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Verdicts on the other charges, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment, are to follow.
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    Baltimore Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Endangerment

    July 18, 2016

    The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray has been found not guilty of two of the three charges he is facing.Judge Barry Williams found Lt. Brian Rice not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment Monday.

    Rice is also facing a misconduct in office charge.

    Williams previously dismissed a second-degree assault charge, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge.
    Rice is the fourth of the six officers charged to go on trial in Gray's death. Three officers' earlier trials resulted in two acquittals and a mistrial.


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    BREAKING: Lt. Brian Rice found NOT guilty of ALL charges in the arrest and death of #FreddieGray
    Woohoo!!!! once again overcharged these officers!!IMO


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    .Truth wins again in the #FreddieGray case! @MarilynMosbyEsq has disgraced her office. She should end the suffering & resign.



    Cindy Crawley ‏@cindy_crawley ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    Rice not guilty involuntary manslaughter. Not guilty reckless endangerment. Waiting on misconduct in office charge. #FreddieGray


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    #Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment #FreddieGray [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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    Rice not guilty involuntary manslaughter. Not guilty reckless endangerment. Waiting on misconduct in office charge. #FreddieGray
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    Thanks sunny for keeping us updated and all your hard work! (((Hugs)))
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    Veteran prosecutor in Marilyn Mosby's office quits over Freddie Gray case

    August 1, 2016

    A veteran Baltimore prosecutor who objected to continuing the prosecution of a police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray quit on Friday, two days after her boss dropped all of the charges in the case.

    Lisa Phelps, a 15-year veteran prosecutor who led the state's attorney's office's training division, was assigned three months ago to try two of the cases against city police officers.

    In recent weeks, she raised concerns over whether the trial of Officer Garrett Miller, which was set begin last week, should go forward, according to sources close to Phelps.

    State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the charges against Miller, Officer William Porter and Sgt. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on the morning of a pre-trial hearing in Miller's case. Three other officers had been acquitted after trials.

    The state's attorney's office declined to comment, citing a policy not to discuss personnel matters. In a memo obtained by The Baltimore Sun, Mosby announced Phelps' departure and praised her "storied" career.

    Phelps also declined to comment. In addition to Miller, she also had been assigned to re-try Porter in September. His first trial ended in a hung jury.

    Mosby said she decided to drop the charges because the judge overseeing the trials was unlikely to convict the officers and attacked police detectives for undermining the case. Previously, prosecutors and defense attorneys had been unable to comment publicly about the cases because of a gag order.

    Mosby said the criminal justice system is in need of reform and that she would pursue state legislation to give prosecutors a say in whether defendants can choose a bench trial.

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    Baltimore police face changes after blistering report
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    A Justice Department report blasting the Baltimore Police Department for a pattern of unconstitutional behavior should help expedite a lengthy, costly and painful reform effort, city and federal officials said Wednesday.

    Reforms are already underway, and officers who committed the most egregious behavior have been fired, city officials said.

    The report claims officers routinely conducted unlawful stops and used excessive force often targeting black residents in low-income, African-American neighborhoods. Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said the division and Baltimore police are negotiating a consent decree on proposed reforms.

    "Policing that violates the Constitution or federal law severely undermines community trust, and blanket assumptions about certain neighborhoods can lead to resentment against police," she said.

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the report will help provide a "road map" for changes already underway in the department.

    "The findings are challenging to hear," she said. "But let me be clear: I never sugarcoat our problems nor will I run away from our most pressing challenges."

    She said 26 policies are being revised, and officer training is being improved. She said she expects the changes could cost the city between $5 million and $10 million.

    "The city has taken first steps in a long path to reform," she said. "We have a very long journey ahead of us."

    Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said some officers whose behavior was outlined in the report have been fired. His department is committed to reform, he said.
    The probe was prompted by the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man fatally injured while in police custody. Six officers were initially charged in Gray's death, but after three officers were acquitted charges against the rest were dropped.

    The report said the police department recognizes community policing is an effective strategy to improve its relationship with the public. But the department needs a broader community policing plan that reaches all districts, the report indicates. The police department is trying to create new organizations rather than build relationships with existing organizations, the study says.

    Police representatives are absent from community meetings and some organizations told investigators that police stopped coming to meetings after the sometimes violent protests that followed Freddie Gray's death.

    "BPD's failings result from deficient policies, training, oversight and accountability, and policing strategies that do not engage effectively with the community," the study reads. "We are heartened to find both widespread recognition of these challenges and strong interest in reform."

    The report concludes that the relationship between the police department and Baltimore's residents is "broken" and said that investigators discovered over the course of many interviews that people in impoverished, minority communities often felt "belittled, disbelieved and disrespected" by police officers.


    Investigators discovered an "us versus them" mentality in the department, and when they approached one supervisor about community-oriented policing, were told, "I don't pander to the public."

    "Indeed, our review of documents and our conversations with residents confirm that distrust is causing individuals to be reluctant to cooperate with police," the report reads.

    Gray's death ignited protests in Baltimore across the nation, coming in the middle of a parade of deaths of unarmed black people during police stops or while in police custody

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    Top cop in Freddie Gray case gets back pay bonanza

    By [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] | August 12, 2016 9:56 AM EST

    The death of Freddie Gray while in police custody has resulted in a huge back pay bonanza for one Baltimore police officer. Lt. Brian Rice, who was acquitted of all charges in Gray’s death, will receive an estimated $127K according to Baltimore’s Board of Estimates. The cash “represents the amount of salary that Mr. Rice would have earned for the period of May 1, 2015 through July 18, 2016.” The decision by the Board of Estimates must be voted on but it will more than likely be approved.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of the six accused in Gray’s death and was facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Last month, all remaining charges against the six officers accused in Gray’s death were dropped by the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. The state had humiliating failures in previous trials for officers accused of causing the neck and spinal injuries that resulted in Gray’s after “rough ride” in a police van where he was unsecured. Many have stated that the charges leveled by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] were overreaching and on poor legal standing. There were three more trials that were set to take place that included: Officer Garrett Miller scheduled to begin on July 27; a retrial of Officer William Porter on Sept. 6; and Sgt. Alicia White’s trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 13.

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