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Judge acquits Baltimore officer in custody death of Freddie Gray

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(AP Photo/Steve Ruark). Lt. Brian Rice, left, one of the six members of the Baltimore Police Department charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arrives with attorney Mike Davey, center, at a courthouse to hear a judge's ruling in his trial. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark). Lt. Brian Rice, left, one of the six members of the Baltimore Police Department charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arrives with attorney Mike Davey, center, at a courthouse to hear a judge's ruling in his trial.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has acquitted a Baltimore police officer on all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man 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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