The president of Baltimore’s police union on Monday called the acquittal of a third police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray evidence that the other cases will end in a similar outcome, and urged the prosecutor to drop the charges.
A judge on Monday found Lt. Brian Rice not guilty on all charges in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died after being injured while in police custody last April.
Six Baltimore police officers were charged in Gray’s death. Before Rice, two others, including the driver of the police van in which Gray was injured, were found not guilty. Another officer's case ended in a hung jury and the officer is scheduled to be retried.
"As anticipated, the facts have spoke for themselves: That the actions of Lt. Rice were found to be reasonable, based on the situation he and the other officers faced," Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, said after Monday’s verdict.
"Based upon the evidence in previous trials, we are certain the remaining three officers will also be found not guilty," Ryan said.
Rice, like the other two officers found not guilty, chose a bench trial in which a judge decided a verdict.
Gray’s death sparked protests and some riots in Baltimore. The officers still charged in June filed motions seeking the dismissal of their cases. Monday, Ryan again called for the prosecutor, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, to drop the remaining cases.
"We again, strongly urge Mrs. Mosby to stop her malicious prosecution against the remaining three officers,” Ryan said.
"They rushed to judgment, and I have been saying that for quite some time now," he said.
Trials are pending against Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White. Officer William Porter's trial ended in a hung jury last year and he is scheduled to be retried. Miller's trial is scheduled for next week.