The metropolis of Baltimore on Wednesday rested its case in opposition to Lt. Brian Rice in his administrative trial on 10 costs he violated police division coverage within the 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray.
The transfer may clear the way in which for the testimony portion of the trial to conclude Wednesday afternoon, at which period the three-member panel of regulation enforcement officers presiding over the trial would start deliberating.
Rice is charged with failing to make sure Gray’s security and failing in varied supervisory duties on the day of Gray’s arrest.
Rice, the highest-ranking officer working within the Western District that day, ordered, participated in and oversaw Gray’s arrest and placement at the back of a police van in handcuffs and leg shackles however unsecured in a seatbelt.
After a van trip that concerned a number of stops, Gray was found within the rear of the van unconscious, not respiratory and with extreme spinal twine accidents. He died per week later.
Six officers, together with Rice, had been charged criminally, however none was convicted. Rice was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and different costs final 12 months.
After the conclusion of the felony instances, 5 officers had been charged administratively. Two officers, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, accepted minor self-discipline. Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the van driver, was cleared of all administrative costs at a trial board final week.
Rice is the second officer to go to a trial board.
Neil Duke, an legal professional for the town, introduced his case Monday and Tuesday, placing a number of Baltimore Police officers on the stand in addition to two Montgomery County Police Department officers concerned in that company’s administrative evaluation of Gray’s arrest and advice that Rice be charged with violating insurance policies.
Duke has portrayed Rice as a supervisor who uncared for his responsibility to safe Gray in a seat belt, did not correctly supervise different officers that day, did not take heed to his radio, and did not safe proof and witnesses after he realized Gray was injured.
The protection has challenged these claims, arguing all of Rice’s actions that day had been affordable.
After Duke rested his case Wednesday, a quick try was made by Rice’s legal professional, Mike Davey, to get the costs in opposition to him instantly dismissed. The effort was shortly deserted after Duke challenged the procedural foundation for the movement, and Davey started calling his personal witnesses within the case.
Davey’s first witness was a lieutenant who beforehand labored for former Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and who had flagged issues of safety with police vans in 2014. His second witness was a police commander answerable for police coverage revisions, who acknowledged division failures in disseminating key insurance policies badociated to the protected transport of detainees in police vans on the time of Gray’s arrest.
Davey indicated he solely had three or 4 witnesses in whole, and will conclude his case on Wednesday afternoon.