Found not guilty on all charges against him in connection with the death of Freddie Gray by a judge in Baltimore on Monday, 30-year-old Edward Nero walked away from court a free man.
Charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment, Nero could have been sentenced for up to 15 years.
Prosecutors argued that Nero’s arrest of Gray lacked probable cause and was therefore unlawful, and that not buckling Gray with a seat belt was negligent.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams’s analysis identified Officer Garrett Miller – Nero’s partner – with detaining and arresting Gray. The judge said Nero did not act “corruptly” with criminal intent.
Nero’s brother was surrounded by angry protesters while leaving the courthouse, shouting “no justice, no peace.”
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – a Democrat – said that city police “are prepared to respond” and protect “our neighborhoods, our businesses, and the people of our city” in the event of riots.
Over a week of riots, looting, and arson in Baltimore followed Gray’s death on April 19, 2015. At the time, Rawlings-Blake called for “space” to be given to “protesters” who needed “wished to destroy.”
Left-wing racial agitators are responding to the the judge’s decision.
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