Baltimore officer acquitted in custody death

BALTIMORE (AP) – The Latest on the fourth trial of an officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died after he was critically injured in the back of a police van. (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

A judge has acquitted a Baltimore police officer on all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a black who died after he was injured in a police transport van.

Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted Monday after a bench trial by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams. Rice is the fourth of the six officers charged to go on trial in the 2015 death. Three earlier trials resulted in two acquittals and a mistrial.

Rice faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Rice is white and the highest-ranking of the officers.

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

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4:45 a.m.

A judge in Baltimore is scheduled to issue 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 will make his ruling public Monday in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice.

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 faces 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.

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