BY: Associated Press
BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he doesn’t see the point of moving forward with charges against three officers in the death of a black man who was fatally injured in the back of a police van, now that three other officers have been acquitted.
Matt Clark, a Hogan spokesman, said the governor responded to a question after the acquittal of Lt. Brian Rice on Monday. The Washington Post reported Hogan said: “It’s a waste of time and money,” adding “but that’s up to the court system to decide.”
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams acquitted Rice in a bench trial. Williams also has acquitted Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson in separate bench trials. Officer William Porter’s trial ended in a hung jury in December.