BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Baltimore Police Lieutenant Brian Rice is the fourth officer to stand trial in connection to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
Rice is the highest ranking officer facing charges and has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial.
Rice had troubles of his own in his personnel file: He was hospitalized over mental health concerns and twice placed on administrative suspensions, according to a Associated Press report.
In 2012, police confiscated Rice’s official and personal firearms after fellow Baltimore police officer Karen McAleer, the mother of Rice’s child, requested a welfare check at his Westminister home.
According to our media partner the Baltimore Sun, when McAleer didn’t show up to bring their 6-month-old son to Rice, he told her “he could not continue to go on like this,” according to a report filed by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
Rice was later taken to Carroll Hospital Center.
A year later, Rice was also ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend and her husband.
A police union attorney attributed Rice’s 2013 suspension to a protective order filed by McAleer’s then-boyfriend, and said such issues “had nothing to do with his ability to perform his duties as a Baltimore police officer.”
In 1998 Rice helped rescue a 2-year-old from a burning home during a search for a suspected criminal in East Baltimore.
The Baltimore Sun reports, Rice and two other officers heard a child come to the door of the burning home. As the alarm was going off, police kicked the door in after realizing the child was alone in the house.
Rice has been on the force for 18 years. He was hired by the Baltimore Police Department in 1997 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2011.
He is facing charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office.
Judge Barry Williams dropped the assault charge and one count of misconduct in office.
The Associated Press and Baltimore Sun contributed to this article.