May 2, 2015 7:00 am -


One of the police officers accused in the Freddie Gray case was twice accused of domestic violence.

Records from the sheriff’s office and court show Baltimore Police Officer Lt. Brian Rice, a central figure in the arrest of Freddie Gray, was hospitalized three years ago over mental health concerns. He also had his gun confiscated.

The report doesn’t indicate how long Officer Rice was hospitalized, but his guns were confiscated, according the Associated Press. The County Carroll Sheriff’s Office report quoted Rice as saying he “could not go on like this” and threatened to commit an act. The act itself was censored in the public version of report…

Rice had twice been accused of domestic violence and was temporarily ordered by a court to stay away from the person in the second case…

He faced action in Maryland’s civil courts over alleged domestic violence in 2008 and 2013, according to public filings. In both cases, requests for protective orders were denied by the judge. For a week in 2013, Rice was also ordered not to abuse, contact, or go to the home or workplace of the second person who took him to court.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

24 responses to Cop In Gray Case Had Domestic Violence Charges

  1. allison1050 May 2nd, 2015 at 7:42 am

    To be clear, Rice is the pig who “made eye contact” with Mr. Gray, a nut that had to be hospitalized? His gunz taken from him? An accused violent domestic violent individual? And the police department allowed him back onto the streets and not give some sort of desk duty like counting paperclips? You now have to wonder how many more like him are currently wearing blue around the country.

    • whatthe46 May 2nd, 2015 at 11:56 am

      anytime a cop is charged with domestic violence, he should be fired. so, not only does he have a license to kill American citizens, he’s also free to commit domestic violence as well? anytime a cops gun has to be taken away and he has to be hospitalized, he should be fired.

      • allison1050 May 2nd, 2015 at 5:45 pm

        Got that right.

      • illinoisboy1977 May 4th, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        I disagree. Any time a cop is CONVICTED of domestic violence, he should be fired. You can make allegations and even come up with enough circumstantial evidence, to file charges. However, allegations do not equate proof of guilt. I don’t support punishing anyone, without a conviction.

  2. thinkingwomanmillstone May 2nd, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Not only are the foxes guarding the chicken house…the foxes are rabid.

  3. John Tarter May 2nd, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    How is that relevant to the charges against him? Is Mr. Grays long rap sheet relevant to his death?

    • William May 2nd, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      ” Is Mr. Grays long rap sheet relevant to his death?”
      Rap sheets are not relevant except during sentencing.

      Here’s the difference Skippy.

      Mr. Gray will never get his day in court. Mr. Gray will never get to defend himself. Mr. Gray is dead.

      And….Oh by the way.

      He was arrested for NOTHING.

      He broke no laws.

      Freddie Gray was “illegally arrested,” and upon being handcuffed, officers found a knife that was “clipped to the inside of his pants pocket” – which was “not a switchblade and is lawful under the Maryland law.” Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby

      • StoneyCurtisll May 2nd, 2015 at 4:39 pm

        High Five~!

      • John Tarter May 2nd, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        So if we are not talking about the background of the serial criminal Mr. Gray, then we should not be bringing up the police officers past medical history. Neither is relevant to the case. The question to be answered in the court of law is: Are those police officers guilty of the changes laid against them?

        And by the way, I agree with you about Mr. Gray’s innocence during this interaction with the police. But there is another question to be answered which is: If Mr. Gray was on parole, do police officers have the legal right to stop and question him for any reason?

        • William May 3rd, 2015 at 7:32 am

          Your question was

          ” Is Mr. Grays long rap sheet relevant to his death?”

          and the answer is still no.
          Whatever convictions Mr Gray had is in no way reverent to his death.
          How do you not see this?
          On what planet does a persons record of offenses have anything to do with how they are handled when placed in custody?
          Do you not understand that even the very hint of a persons criminal history during a trial can lead to a mistrial due to a tainted jury?
          How about this. Weigh stations will now drag out and detain every driver who ever had a ticket.
          Seriously, you need to learn something about this country, the constitution, the bill of rights and our legal system before you come in here and make a fool of yourself, day after day after day.

    • StoneyCurtisll May 2nd, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      False equivalence.

    • rg9rts May 2nd, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Imbecile……for once you could have had a valid argument …..but as usual you didn’t think it through… look above

      • John Tarter May 2nd, 2015 at 11:54 pm

        I see, so the police who have many interactions with Mr. Gray can put forward the proposition that: A. Mr. Gray has often cried out for medical help during previous arrests with no justification. B. Has acted up in dangerous ways during previous arrests. C. Has attempted to injure himself during previous arrests.

    • Carla Akins May 2nd, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      it speaks of his character, and whether he had a tendency to be violent to those physically unable to fight or overpower him. it’s incredibly relevant.

    • robert May 3rd, 2015 at 1:24 am

      let us know what freddie was arrested for ?

  4. rg9rts May 2nd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t understand how someone with a mental issue in the past is relevant to what occurred ………Another reason to shame and obfuscate mental health issues??? Do you still beat your wife??

    • tracey marie May 2nd, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      he has anger and violence issues RG, I do believe it is relevent

    • whatthe46 May 2nd, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      someone with mental issues and who has issue with anger managment, shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun let alone police.

    • uzza May 2nd, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      The other day you were here insisting we should beat our children, now you can’t understand why domestic violence is relevant. This cop is not the only one with anger and violence issues, you should get help for the sake of those around you.

      • tracey marie May 2nd, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        Hold on there Uzza, that was an unnecessary and nasty attack on RG. He is a counselor, he knows about violence and the effect it has on people. He is saying he disagrees with using this as a reason to attack him. He understands mental illness much more then you or I do. Back down, he made a point based on experience and education.

        • uzza May 2nd, 2015 at 9:52 pm

          Well that’s your opinion, others may differ. Fact: he espouses beating your children. I refer you to this exchange.
          A person who ‘understands violence and its effects’ has neither such advice nor such an attitude.
          As for anger issues, look no further than his response below to John Tarter.

          IN this case the OP is pointing out a history of domestic violence, which he ignores. By focusing on the side issue of mental illness he trivializes the DV aspect. are we to excuse this cop’s violence because of his mental problems? assume that all people with mental illness are violent abusers? Bloody odd approach from a ‘counselor’.
          So excuse me when I take a large grain of salt with your opinion that he understands things more than I do, which you have no way of knowing, and stand by my opinion.

          • tracey marie May 2nd, 2015 at 9:59 pm

            mental illness is NEVER a side issue.Your link shows you being angry for his dismissal of you, he never advocated beating anyone.

        • Herb Sarge Phelps May 3rd, 2015 at 12:21 am

          I don’t want him as counselor to anyone dealing with domestic violence from his statements here. He would get someone killed.

      • rg9rts May 3rd, 2015 at 1:13 am

        Imbecile…even the kid agreed his mother was right now act your age not your IQ and move on…