Baltimore: Closing arguments in trial over black man’s death

Officer Edward Nero, from left, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White, three of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leave the Maryland Court of Appeals on Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland Court of Appeals heard the oral arguments in five cases related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

BALTIMORE (AP) – Closing arguments are scheduled to begin today in the trial of the fourth Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport van.

Lt. Brian Rice is the highest-ranking officer charged in Gray’s death. He’s facing manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct charges.

Gray died April 19, 2015, a week after he suffered a spinal injury while he was handcuffed and shackled, but left unrestrained by a seatbelt in the van. His death prompted riots last year in Baltimore.

Rice is the fourth of six officers – three white and three black – to stand trial in Gray’s death. Two were acquitted and proceedings for another ended in a mistrial.

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