Despite 3rd acquittal, Baltimore prosecutors push on

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Posted: Jul 19, 2016 3:34 AM
Despite 3rd acquittal, Baltimore prosecutors push on

BALTIMORE (AP) — The remaining trials for three officers charged in the death of a black man who was critically injured in a police van appear to moving forward, even though prosecutors have failed four times to get a conviction.

Officer Garrett Miller is scheduled to go on trial next week in the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams dealt the state a significant blow Monday when he issued his third straight acquittal. Williams cleared Lt. Brian Rice of manslaughter, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges, telling prosecutors they failed to establish that Rice was aware of his duty to buckle Gray into a seat belt, and more importantly, that he deliberately breached his duty in order to put Gray in danger.