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Freddie Gray Trial for Lt. Brian Rice Begins Today


Image of Lt. Brian Rice via Baltimore Police

The trial of Lt. Brian Rice, 42, is set to start on Thursday, 9:30 a.m., at a Baltimore City Circuit Court in Maryland.

Rice is one of the six police officers charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in April 12, 2015. He and several officers participated in Gray’s arrest. He was placed in a police van, but his seat belt was not put on. Gray sustained serious injuries during the ride to jail, and died a week later.

Two other police officers, Caesar Goodson Jr. and Edward M. Nero, were acquitted. Like them, Rice chose a bench trial. Judge Barry G. Williams, not a jury, will come up with the verdict. The trials of the other officers are still pending.

Rice faces one count of manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.

[h/t The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun]

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