Officer Edward Nero Acquitted In Freddie Gray Death
Officer Edward Nero, who arrested Freddie Gray before his brutal April death, has been acquitted on all charges stemming from the 25-year-old’s untimely passing, CBS Baltimore reports.
Nero was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. Since he waived his right to a jury trial, his bench trial began on May 12.
As you may recall, Gray was arrested on April 19 and placed in the back of a police van; however, he was not properly fastened into a seatbelt and as a result, sustained spinal cord injuries.
“I have to commend Judge Williams on not being influenced by public opinion,” the Gray family attorney Billy Murphy told CBS. “It’s a very, very difficult job to sit as a judge under these enormously stressful conditions, and once again Barry Williams has shown he is a fair and impartial man… He showed tremendous courage in ruling against public opinion.”
The next officer to stand trial Ceaser Goodson Jr., who operated the vehicle in which Gray sustained his deadly injuries. Goodson faces the most serious charges out of his co-defendants – including second-degree murder. His trial is set to begin in June. He will be the third officer to be tried in Gray’s death.