Sad news for the city of Baltimore as it has been reported that Baltimore officer Edwards Nero was found not guilty on all charges in the death of Freddie Gray.
Officer Edward Nero Acquitted Of Freddie Gray Charges
One of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted. This news comes afterOfficer William G. Porter’s trial was declared a mistrial.
Freddie Gray arresting officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on all counts by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams Monday morning.
Nero faced second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.
Nero waived his right to a trial by jury. His bench trial began May 12 and final arguments were heard Thursday.
WJZ’s Ron Matz says the trial was attended by a group of Baltimore City police officers, most in plain clothes. After the verdict was read, they came up to Nero one by one, embracing him and slapping him on the back. Nero was seen with tears in his eyes.
“I have to commend Judge Williams on not being influenced by public opinion,” Gray family attorney Billy Murphy told WJZ outside the courtroom. “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.”
“I don’t think anybody should be upset with this verdict nor do I think anybody should have been elated about a guilty verdict,” he added. “Only the people who sat through this trial and heard all of the evidence have a right to have an opinion about whether his opinion was fair and whether or not it was warranted under the circumstances.”