A judge in Baltimore Monday found a police officer not guilty on all charges against him in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, months after another officer’s trial ended in a hung jury.
Meanwhile, riot-trained officers from outside Baltimore started to arrive in the city in case of any unrest.
Officer Edward Nero faced second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. Prosecutors said the 30-year-old unlawfully arrested Gray without probable cause and was negligent when he didn’t buckle the prisoner into a seat belt.
“Officer Edward Nero, his wife and family are elated that this nightmare is finally over,” defense attorney Marc Zayon responded.
In a lengthy analysis read from the bench, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams said Nero’s partner, Officer Garrett Miller, detained and arrested Gray himself. Williams said Nero did not act “corruptly” with an intent to commit a crime.