The top cop charged with the death of Freddie Gray has some questionable items on his resume. Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was temporarily removed from duty a few years ago over mental health concerns.
Reports the Baltimore Sun:
The highest-ranking officer charged in Freddie Gray‘s death once had his weapons seized by Carroll County sheriff’s deputies after an ex-girlfriend reported she was alarmed by some of his comments, according to police documents.
According to a report filed by the Carroll County sheriff’s office, deputies took seven weapons from Lt. Brian Rice in April 2012, after his ex-girlfriend, Karen Crisafulli — also a Baltimore police officer — called local authorities to check on his well-being. The two had a son together, 6 months old at the time, and had made unofficial custody arrangements. When she didn’t show up to bring the son to Rice, he told her “he could not continue to go on like this,” the report stated.
When deputies responded to Rice’s home in Westminster, he “appeared normal and soft-spoken,” according to the report. They believed Rice’s statement “was intended to invoke sympathy and attention.” Still, they seized his service weapon and other guns.
After the incident was reported, Rice was taken to a hospital for observation.
Parts of the report, obtained through public information laws, are redacted. Sheriff Jim DeWees told The Baltimore Sun that his office redacted information because it contains medical information about Rice that is protected by federal privacy law.
Neither Rice, members of his family, nor his attorney could not be reached for comment.
Rice was also ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend’s husband in 2013.
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