David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis., salutes after speaking during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis., salutes after speaking during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

The latest acquittal of a police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray won a round of applause on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Monday as a sheriff described the prosecution of Baltimore's police officers as "malicious."

Speaking to a prime time television audience, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke mentioned the "good news" out of Baltimore -- the acquittal Monday of Lt. Brian Rice -- and described Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby as an "activist" who undertook a "malicious" prosecution.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams cleared Rice of all charges Monday, the latest setback for Mosby's office. Three officers involved in the Gray case have been acquitted and another trial ended in a hung jury -- suggesting the prosecution lacks evidence to prove the offices' conduct was criminal.

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Clarke's statement came in the context of several police shootings that have taken place across the nation this month, including three officers killed in Baton Rouge on Sunday and five officers killed in Dallas on July 7.

Republicans are gathering in Cleveland this week to nominate Donald Trump as their party's presidential nominee.

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