1 misconduct charge dropped against Lt. Rice in Freddie Gray case

Posted at 6:23 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2018-12-31 17:27:48-05
BALTIMORE (AP) -- State prosecutors announced they will dismiss one of the misconduct in office charges brought against Lt. Brian Rice in the Freddie Gray case. Opening statements wrapped Thursday morning.
Lt. Rice faces criminal charges stemming from the arrest and death of a young black prisoner whose neck was broken in the back of a transport wagon.
Rice faced manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and two misconduct in office charges stemming from the April 19, 2015, death of Freddie Gray.
Rice opted for a judge trial. He is the fourth of six officers -- three white and three black -- to stand trial. Last month two other officers were acquitted, and the proceedings for another officer ended in a mistrial in December.
Gray's death prompted protests and rioting across Baltimore and added fuel to the national Black Lives Matter movement.
ABC2 News contributed to this report.

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