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Baltimore Officer Found Not Guilty of All Freddie Gray Charges

May 23, 2016  | 

Officer Edward Nero (Photo: Booking Photo)
Officer Edward Nero (Photo: Booking Photo)

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Monday acquitted Officer Edward Nero of all counts stemming from the arrest and subsequent in-custody death of Freddie Gray.

The judgment, following a five-day bench trial, is the first in the closely-watched case. Nero, 30, faced four misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Nero was the second of six city police officers charged in the case to stand trial. The first trial, of Officer William Porter, ended in a hung jury and mistrial last December.

Gray, 25, suffered severe spinal cord injuries while in the back of a Baltimore police van, prosecutors say. He died a week later, touching off citywide protests and rioting.

The next trial in the case will be that of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr, the driver of the van used to transport Gray. His trial is scheduled to begin June 6. His trial is to be followed by those of Lt. Brian Rice (July 5), Officer Garrett Miller (July 27), Officer William Porter (Sept. 6) and Sgt. Alicia White (Oct. 13).

Comments (11)

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Tom Ret @ 5/23/2016 9:17 AM

If the verdict had been guilty there would have been a mass exodus out of that department. I wonder if the new strategy will be to give the mob space so they can vent, aka burn the town down and loot.

vtxmaster @ 5/23/2016 9:29 AM

I'm familiar with this department and they have some serious problems. And an even more serious problem with trust from the public. Even residents that live outside Baltimore don't trust the police to adequately do their jobs. Having said that, this particular officer shouldn't have faced charges and the prosecutor knew that she wasn't going to be get a conviction.

Front Sight @ 5/23/2016 9:33 AM

Baltimore D/A Marilyn Mosby is now 0-2. If there was any negligence on the part of any of the officers involved, let them be found guilty in a court of law. But to create charges just to satisfy the court of public opinion and salvage her own political career is just plain wrong. Congrats to Officer Nero and welcome back.

R. Smith @ 5/23/2016 10:13 AM

There will probably be Mass rioting because they're not getting what they want

hearsetrax @ 5/23/2016 2:00 PM

curiouser and curiouser ......

time will spin a most curious yarn

Leonard Mather @ 5/23/2016 5:59 PM

Mosby has made blatantly bad decisions such as having the police "stand down" and allow destruction of the city, plus her inflammatory commentary. The "reverse lynching" attitudes of the people, the pre-judging without factual data combine to create trials that will lead to not guilty due to the absence of proof. The illogically inclined will balk at such outcomes because of their disabled thinking. In the Valley of the Blind, the one-eyed man is king. Baltimore has yet to find a one-eyed man. Chaos seems to reign with standing operating procedures..

John retired IA PD @ 5/23/2016 7:57 PM

I can only base my opinion on the news accounts I have seen. And they seem to try and make the officer look bad in almost all situations. In the case of officer Nero the news reports did not show any wrong doing on his part and he should not have been charged. Is this a case of the prosecutor trying to look good in the public eye, and now can blame the judge for the not guilty verdict? My guess is yes.

otj25yrs @ 5/24/2016 6:28 AM

Officer Nero should be given a medical retirement based on the emotional distress of being falsely charged and prosecuted by inept leaders to satisfy a criminal constituency who care more about race baiting than justice or truth. In reference to the mass exodus, If I were a police officer there my house would be for sale and I would rent so I wouldn't be tied to a city that hates me for doing what they hired me for. I would prepare to BUG OUT.

kevcopAz @ 5/24/2016 7:09 AM

OK lets see if the department leaves him alone and he gets his job back, and if DOJ doesn't jump on him now for the usual "DOJ Blue double jeopardy dance"

Tom Gresham @ 5/24/2016 9:35 AM


BT @ 5/24/2016 9:36 AM

Think you hit it right on the head kevcop. DOJ will now jump on board
with a civil rights violation. Gotta do something to hold back the rioting/
looting element. Who cares about the cop's future!

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