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Freddie Gray officer threatened to kill himself and ex-partner's husband, court document alleges


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Baltimore lieutenant Brian Rice, who has been charged with manslaughter over Gray’s death, was disciplined over incidents and twice had guns confiscated

 

 

 

Jon Swaine and Oliver Laughland in New York

 

Tuesday 5 May 2015 22.09 BST

 

 

 

The Baltimore police lieutenant charged with the manslaughter of Freddie Gray allegedly threatened to kill himself and the husband of his former partner, during incidents that led to him being disciplined and twice having his guns confiscated.

 

Brian Rice, who pursued and arrested Gray after the 25-year-old “caught his eye” on 12 April, was reportedly given an administrative suspension after being hospitalised for a mental health evaluation when he warned he was preparing to shoot himself in April 2012.

 

Rice, 41, also received an internal discipline when a judge granted a temporary restraining order against him after a request from Andrew McAleer, the husband of Karyn McAleer, who is the mother of Rice’s young son and a fellow Baltimore police officer. Rice has been married to and divorced from two further women, according to court records.

 

A sharply critical 10-page complaint against Rice, which Andrew McAleer filed to a court in Maryland in January 2013, is being published in full for the first time by the Guardian. It details what McAleer, a Baltimore firefighter, described as a “pattern of intimidation and violence” by the officer.

 

Rice was released on bail after being charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct and false imprisonment following an inquiry into Gray’s death on 19 April. Prosecutors say Gray died after his neck was broken during a prolonged van journey in handcuffs and shackles. All six officers involved in his arrest have been bailed on criminal charges.

 

State’s attorney Marilyn Mosby said on Friday the arrest of Gray initiated by Rice was illegal because a knife in his pocket, which he was charged with illegally carrying, was in fact legal. Rice and two other officers put Gray in the police van without seatbelting him as required by police rules, according to Mosby.

 

An attorney for Rice did not respond to an email and message requesting comment. The restraining order against him was lifted after a week when a judge ruled there was no basis in Maryland law for it to continue. The McAleers previously declined to comment when reached via telephone by the Guardian.

 

McAleer said in his court filing, which was first reported by the Guardian last month, that Rice forced one of Karyn McAleer’s young children to “shoot” a photograph of her and her husband that Rice had “taped to a piece of cardboard intended for target practice”. It was not clear from the filing whether any weapon was actually used.

 

McAleer said that two months before this, in April 2012, his wife called to tell him to protect himself and her five children from Rice because the lieutenant had called her threatening to kill himself.

 

Deputies from the Carroll County sheriff’s department responded to an emergency call and transported Rice to a hospital, before confiscating his police service weapon, his personal 9mm handgun, two rifles and two shotguns.

 

It is unclear how long Rice spent as a patient. The police response to an incident at Rice’s home was first reported earlier this month by the Associated Press, which said it resulted in an administrative suspension from Baltimore police.

 

Asked to confirm details of Rice’s suspensions, a Baltimore police spokesman said: “I can confirm that individual has been employed with Baltimore police department since 1997. He is currently suspended. I am not able to provide you with any other information on personnel issues.”

 

Rice was allegedly given another administrative suspension and had his guns confiscated again eight months later, according to court filings, after McAleer obtained the week-long peace order against the police lieutenant.

 

“I am seeking protection immediately,” McAleer wrote to a court in Carroll County, Maryland, in January 2013. He alleged Rice’s behaviour had caused him “to have constant fear for my personal safety” and a “fear of imminent harm or death from Brian Rice”.

 

Rice was ordered to stay away from McAleer, his home and his workplace after a series of alleged confrontations, including one armed standoff in June 2012 when officers from two police departments responded to a 911 call and spent 90 minutes defusing the situation.

 

McAleer alleged Rice was screaming and smelled of alcohol during the 2am confrontation in front of McAleer’s house. He said his wife later said Rice had told her he planned to kill McAleer during the June 2012 encounter.

 

“I witnessed Brian Rice remove a black semi-automatic handgun from the trunk of his vehicle,” wrote McAleer, who said officers from Carroll County sheriff’s department and Westminster police department arrived after he called 911.

 

Among other alleged incidents detailed in his complaint, McAleer said Rice bombarded him with “harassing and sexually explicit text messages” sent on his police department-issued BlackBerry.

 

McAleer said he finally applied for a restraining order in January 2013 because five days earlier, Rice had arrived again at the man’s house in his Hyundai Sonata, before exiting and slamming his car door, yelling and waving his arms.

 

Rice finally returned to the driver’s seat, “racing the engine” while inching the car towards the man and flashing the headlights, according to McAleer. “This caused me to become distraught and fear my life was about to end,” he wrote.

 

 

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Brian Rice pursued and arrested Freddie Gray. Photograph: Reuters

 

 

 

See link for 10-page complaint against Brian Rice, filed to a court in Maryland in January 2013. Some redactions have been made by the Guardian.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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my friend this has a lot to do with freddie gray.  you being a police officer should know first hand that you take an oath of office in the Public Trust.  when your mental state no longer allows you to uphold that oath and discharge your duties, it is time to remove yourself and uphold the integrity of the Public Trust.  the same goes for senators, judges, congresswomen, mayors et.al.  once you are no longer fit to serve the people, you are probably better off working a job to serve yourself.  

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WHERE ARE THE FREAKING PROTESTERS WHEN POLICE OFFICERS ARE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY PEOPLE OF COLOR, NOPE NOT EVEN THE NEWS MEDIA COVERS THE STORY... SO SAD

hi mrref.  i wasn't sure if you were tongue-in-cheek in your response of if you sincerely were asking.  if sincere, here is my response.  you partly gave an answer already when you used the phrase "line of duty".  the police officer's oath of office to the public trust entails the dangers incumbent upon their line of duty.  in other words, it is accepted as part of the job with compensation.  the "line of duty" is completely understood before taking the oath and signing the agreement.  

 

given the terms of the agreement for the job and the accompanying line of duty, the officer is not without protections to help reduce risks inherent in the job.  there are protocols, procedures, standards, policies, and guidelines (administrative controls).  along with those come physical equipment to aid in discharging those duties and keep the officer safe (technical controls).  plus the officer is equipped some of the most update technical equipment to aid in awareness and information (technical controls).  all emotions aside, considering the controls in place, an officer of the law is well equipped to discharge his duty, and it is fairly safe to say that given the insurance policies and legal leniency accompanying the officer, liability for violating controls while in the line of duty has been minimum.  when an officer steps outside of the governing controls and step into personal misconduct, they step outside of the framework of their oath and line of duty - that for which they have been bonded.  it is at that point they operate as a regular person committing a crime under their own liability.  every officer must understand that or never take the oath.

 

i believe you are an officer, and i feel your grief for a fallen comrade.  and my intent here is not to belittle that in any way.  however, i am not understanding your anger portrayed in your post because people are not protesting.  protest are typically performed when a group demonstrate against an injustice (lack of fairness).   here a crime was committed but i do not see where an injustice was committed.  an injustice is when someone operates criminally under the framework of the Public Trust.  there is a huge difference and i hope i was able to explain it clearly.

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