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Another Baltimore Officer Accused in Freddie Gray Case Sues Marilyn Mosby

June 08, 2016  | 

A Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, alleging false arrest, false imprisonment, and defamation, among other counts, according to federal court documents.

Lt. Brian Rice, one of six Baltimore officers charged in the Gray case, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Maryland on May 2, the same day two of the other officers — Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter — filed a joint defamation lawsuit against Mosby in state Circuit Court. Documents in Rice's case were first unsealed on Monday.

Like White and Porter, whose lawsuit was unsealed in state court late last month, Rice is also suing Baltimore sheriff's office Maj. Sam Cogen, who signed off on the charging documents in the Gray case. Also like White and Porter, Rice claims in his lawsuit that Mosby and Cogen knew that he had committed no crime when they brought charges against him — including manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office, reports the Baltimore Sun.

"His illegal arrest was made without probable cause and demonstrated ill will, improper motivation, and/or evil purpose," Rice's lawsuit says.

Rice seeks in excess of $75,000 in compensatory damages and in excess of $75,000 in punitive damages from both Mosby and Cogen for each of five counts — false arrest, false imprisonment, violation of his rights under the Maryland Declaration of Rights, violation of his federal civil rights, and defamation of character. He also seeks legal fees.

Comments (5)

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kevcopAz @ 6/10/2016 6:59 AM

Now I hope this arrogant, inexperienced loudmouth race baiting political states atty gets to pay out of own pocket for her over zealous prosecution of these officers. I want to see a photos of her smiling face when she does, that posted photo says so much about her smarts arrogance.

Joe Smith @ 6/10/2016 9:17 AM

She used her high level position to hold a black lives matter protest, in court no less, and as 95% of these protests turn out; with no evidence. You can learn the the law in college but you can't learn common sense. You are either born with it or your not. In this case, what do you think?

John retired IA PD @ 6/10/2016 10:56 AM

She has been admonished by the judge for withholding evidence on this 3rd trial. Sounds like she is willing to do anything to win.

Capt. Smith @ 6/10/2016 12:16 PM

Mosby incited violence and hatred, and repeatedly broke ethics rules, for what she thought would be her own political benefit and grandstanding. She's a dirtbag and I hope the officers obtain justice.

Tom Ret @ 7/5/2016 7:26 PM

The officers are the true victims in this case.

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