Baltimore Cop Charged In Freddie Gray Death Found Not Guilty
Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray was found not guilty on Monday. Edward Nero, 30, was found not guilty of the four misdemeanor charges brought against him in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man from Baltimore’s Sandtown, who died April 19 of 2015 after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody.
As the arresting officer, Nero was not directly charged in his death but was accused of negligence, misconduct in office, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. The charges primarily stemmed from his failure to properly secure Gray during police transport. Though Gray was handcuffed and shackled, he was not buckled into the vehicle, resulting in a fatal broken neck.
Gray’s death sparked weeks-long protest series across Baltimore as many city residents felt his arrest and death were connected to systematic racial discrimination. The situation was only further complicated by claims that Nero arrested Gray without probable cause.
In closing statement regarding the ruling Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake said, “This is our American system of justice and police officers must be afforded the same justice system as every other citizen in the city, state, and country.”
Nero is the second officer to stand trial in connection with Gray’s death. His colleague Officer William Porter also stood trial for involuntary manslaughter and three other charges. After the jury could not reach a verdict the judge declared a mistrial. Several other officers still face charges.
In the wake of the ruling many took to social media to express their thoughts…
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