Lt. Brian W. Rice
Rice, 41, an officer since 1997, was one of the officers on bike patrol during the initial encounter with Gray. He made eye contact with Gray, who then ran. Rice and others failed to establish probable cause for Gray's illegal arrest. Later, Rice and two other officers handcuffed Gray and put shackles on his ankles. The officers placed Gray back on the floor of the wagon, face down.
Rice is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
Separately, records from the Carroll County, Maryland, Sheriff's Department show that Rice was taken to a hospital in 2012 because of concerns about his mental health.
The concerns were raised by another officer who is also the mother of Rice's child, according to the records. At the time, deputies confiscated Rice's guns and alerted his superiors in Baltimore.
The records show that Rice said he "could not continue to go on like this" and threatened to do something in his laundry room if the mother of his child "did not come over to his residence." His specific threat was redacted from the documents. It's unclear how long Rice was at the hospital.
Rice could not be reached for comment.
There are now many reports on this. For example: http://www.baltimoresun.com/.... He'd had weapons seized in 2012 by sheriff's deputies in my county of Carroll County, Maryland due to complaints from a girlfriend.
Google "Brian Rice Carroll County"--much more on this.
For example, he is reported to have had a pattern of violence. http://countercurrentnews.com/...
And he was reportedly hospitalized in 2012 for a mental health issue connected with his guns being confiscated. http://www.nydailynews.com/...
I don't know what to think of all of this, and I understand very well that people in the United States are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
But I'm interested to see these reports--and many others--coming about about the very senior Baltimore police officer who STARTED this whole event.
And by the way, what the hell is a police LIEUTENANT doing on bicycle patrol?