Edward Nero, a Baltimore, Maryland, police officer, was found not guilty on all four charges on Monday, May 23, 2016, in his connection with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray last year. The officer was acquitted by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams rather than a jury, as Nero opted for a bench trial.
Nero, 30, was charged with two counts of misconduct in office, reckless endangerment, and second-degree assault. After the initial stop and arrest of Gray in April 2015, the officer took Gray into custody where he was then in the eyes of the public. It was argued that Nero did not have any regard for the safety of Gray when he did not seatbelt the handcuffed man into the van. Instead, he was put on to his stomach in the back of the police van.
Gray died one week later on April 15, 2015, after suffering from severe spinal injuries while in police custody. His death caused violent riots within the Baltimore area.
Authorities have asked the public to remain calm and respect the verdict handed down to Nero. Hoping to keep the rioting to a minimum.
Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to provide information regarding the Freddie Gray case as it becomes available.
By Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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