So remember when a series of riots erupted in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody? Well, one of the police officers who was said to have been involved in his death has been found not guilty on all charges that were against him. Nero was one of the police officers participating in the police encounter with 25-year-old Freddie Gray in April of 2015.
Nero faced charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of misconduct in office. Prosecutors alleged that Edward Nero arrested Freddie Gray without probable cause and assaulted Freddie by detaining him without justification. However, another officer, Officer Garrett Miller who was also at the scene when Gray was arrested testified that he alone handcuffed and held Gray. Sources state that Miller put flex cuffs on Gray’s hands and shackles on his feet. Evidence shows Nero kneeling down and placing his hands on Gray’s lower body. Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in the back of the police van.
The state alleged that Officer Edward Nero failed to seat belt Gray in the van which would mean level of reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Reckless endangerment is a crime involving conduct that is wrongful and reckless. It can produce death or bodily harm to another person.
In the end, Nero’s lawyers argued that the police officer actions were justified and that Nero had little to do with arresting Gray. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams stated that the state failed to meet its burden to prove. After Nero had found out he was not guilty, he hugged his attorneys.
Protesters chased Edward Nero’s relatives into a parking garage and chanted “No Justice, no Peace!”
There will be no peace until you receive justice!-Cee