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Administrative hearing begins for officer initially charged in death of Freddie Gray

Posted at 6:58 AM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 13:45:16-05

On Monday, the administrative hearing begins for the highest ranked officer initially charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

A trial board will look into Lieutenant Brian Rice's case and if he should face disciplinary action. He could lose his job if he's found guilty.

Rice is one of the last two officers that could face disciplinary action in connection with this case. He and five other officers were charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray after the 25-year-old died while in police custody back in April of 2015.

Gray's neck was broken in the back of a transport wagon while he was handcuffed but left unrestrained by a seat belt. 

All six officers were not convicted.

After Caesar Goodson, the driver of the van, was cleared on all charges from his administrative hearing last week, his attorney said the panel's decision should make the city reconsider the administrative charges against Rice and Sergeant Alicia White.

RELATED: Administrative panel says van driver not guilty in death of Freddie Gray

Goodson's attorney believes the department has an obligation to take a look at the remaining charges with these officers and determine if they want to go forward based on the evidence that simply has not been put forth.

The trial for Lt. Rice is expected to last through the week.