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Police commander could face jail for Gray death

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>> The highest ranking Baltimore cop involved in the death of Freddie Gray will face the music Monday as a judge is expected to issue his decision in a bench trial against Police Lieutenant Brian Rice. It was Rice who ordered officers to chase down and arrest Gray in April 2015 when the 25 year old African-American appeared to free from police in a high crime area, even through Grey was not suspected of a specific crime.
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And it was also Rice who shackled Gray's legs and decided not to seat belt him as he was loaded into the police van. Inside that van, Gray suffered a broken neck and later died. His death touched off some of the worst riots and looting seen in the US in decades.
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Prosecutors argue Gray's arrest was illegal and that Gray died as a result of Rice failing to buckle him in. But Rice's lawyers contend he made a correct assessment in a few heated seconds loading Gray into the van. The police commander is charged with involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.
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Rice is the fourth of six officers to be tried for Gray's death. So far none have been convicted. If convicted, Rice could face at least 15 years in prison.