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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 flee from police in a high crime area, even though Gray was not suspected of a specific crime.
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.
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 the few heated seconds loading Gray into the van. The police commander is charged with involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.
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.