The Baltimore police officer who initiated the arrest of Freddie Gray, Jr. has had his own share of problems. In 2012, the now 41-year-old officer, Brian Rice, was suspended after a mental health breakdown and his son’s mother and her husband filing a restraining order against him. Though the request for protection was later denied, his son’s mother’s husband details a pattern of intimidation and harassment.
The Baltimore police lieutenant charged with the manslaughter of Freddie Gray allegedly threatened to kill himself and the husband of his ex-girlfriend, 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.