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Baltimore Officer Cleared in Freddie Gray Death

A judge has acquitted a Baltimore police officer on all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man who died after he was injured in a police transport van.

Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted Monday after a bench trial by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams. Rice is the fourth of the six officers charged to go on trial in the 2015 death.

Earlier this month, Officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted of all charges in the case. Goodson faced the most serious charges in Gray’s death, including assault, three counts of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

The earlier trials resulted in two acquittals and a mistrial.

Rice faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Rice is white and the highest-ranking of the officers.

Gray died a week after suffering a spinal injury in the van last year, touching off protests and rioting.