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Prosecutors drop one misconduct in office charge as trial opens for Lt. Brian Rice

July 7th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Prosecutors dropped one of the five charges against Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice — misconduct in office based on an alleged illegal arrest — before launching into opening statements in his trial Thursday morning. Rice, 42, is the fourth of six officers to stand trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a severe injury in the back of a police van in April 2015 and died a week later. Prosecutors are pushing forward with the remaining charges against Rice — involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and a second misconduct in office charge — despite the acquittal of two other officers on similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who is also presiding over Rice's trial.

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