Judge James K. Bredar ruled Friday for a consent decree allowing the overhauling of the Baltimore Police Department after a scathing 2016 Department of Justice report revealed officers operated with racial bias and used excessive force disproportionately on African Americans.
A museum will also go alongside the memorial to trace the country's history from slavery to present day. The structure is slated to open in April 2017.
Based on Judge Williams' ruling, prosecutors failed to prove that Rice acted negligently and knew of the risks associated with not securing Gray's seatbelt during his arrest on April 12, 2015.
T.J. Smith, a department spokesperson, told NBC News a motive was unavailable at the time of reporting. The names of the responding officers and the suspect were not made public.
Prosecutors allege Lt. Brian Rice failed to secure Gray's seat belt in the back of the van during his arrest. Gray died a week later after sustaining a fatal neck injury.
Judge Barry Williams declared Officer Goodson not guilty of second-degree depraved murder on Thursday.
Goodson faces the most serious charges in the Freddie Gray trial, including second-degree “depraved-heart” murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment charges. He opted for a bench trial in early June.
Goodson's fellow officers involved say that he is to blame for not ensuring Freddie Gray's safety in the back of the police van.
On April 12, 2015, Gray, 25, was arrested and died a week later from complications relating to a spinal cord injury after riding in the back of a police van.
The highest court in the state of Maryland ordered Thursday that the trials for officers involved in the Freddie Gray case be delayed after agreeing to hear appeals from five of the six officers in the matter, reports The Baltimore Sun . In a case already comprised of several moving parts, the order from the court […]
Baltimore Police say Damon Jennings was last seen leaving a restaurant in Baltimore County at around 11 p.m. on Oct. 16.
In what must be filed under “you can’t be serious,” the Baltimore police is investigating a sign found inside the rear door of a police…