The highest-ranked Baltimore police officer charged in connection with the custody death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted on all charges.
A judge ruled that prosecutors failed to prove the charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office against Lieutenant Brian Rice.
Lawyers had argued Lt Rice caused Gray’s death by failing to secure his seatbelt inside the police van.
Gray died from a spinal cord injury.
The death sparked days of protests and rioting throughout Baltimore, and prosecutors announced charges against six officers.
This is the fourth time that Baltimore prosecutors have failed to secure a conviction.
Not every death of a black man at the hands of cops is because of racist, dirty cops. In fact, the evidence shows us time and time again that it is exceedingly rare that the facts of the case justify the rhetoric of the protest groups.