Baltimore police lieutenant found not guilty in Freddie Gray death

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BALTIMORE — A judge in Baltimore issued his ruling in the case of a police officer charged in the death of a black man injured in a police transport van.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ruled Monday in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice. He was found not guilty of all counts.

Rice is the fourth of the six officers charged to go on trial in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Rice is the highest-ranking of the officers. Three earlier trails resulted in two acquittals and a mistrial.

Rice faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Williams previously dismissed a second-degree assault charge, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge.

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