Closing Arguments Set in Trial of Baltimore Police Officer

Closing arguments are set 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.

The bench trial for Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in Gray's death, is to resume Thursday. Rice is 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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