Baltimore police officer Edward Nero was found ‘not guilty’ Monday for his role in the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Nero was cleared of all four charges, including second-degree assault in the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray a year ago.
Gray, a criminal, died from a broken neck while being transported in police custody.
Officer Nero, who pled not guilty, was charged with reckless endangerment for not buckling Gray’s seatbelt after shackling him and placing him in the van. As it turned out, Officer Nero wasn’t even there. He had gone to get the arresting officer’s bike. Officer Miller testified to this. The prosecutor Moseby rushed to prosecute though there was no case whatsoever.
Nero leaned forward after the verdict was read, and wiped his eyes. He hugged his attorneys.
As a look alike to Officer Nero left the court, there were crowds screaming profanities and chants of you’re going to Hell, Steve Doucy of Fox news reported.
This is a longer video from Russia Today:
They don’t really want justice necessarily, they want a guilty verdict.
— New Day (@NewDay) May 23, 2016
The officer is a former New Jersey volunteer firefighter who joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2012, and he is one of three officers who were on bike patrol when they chased and arrested Gray in West Baltimore.
The Gray family attorney, Billy Murphy congratulated the judge and had no problem with his reasoning.
Following the verdict, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for “citizens to be patient.”
“This is our American system of justice and police officers must be afforded the same justice system as every other citizen in this city, state, and country,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “Now that the criminal case has come to an end, Officer Nero will face an administrative review by the Police Department. We once again ask the citizens to be patient and to allow the entire process to come to a conclusion.”
She noted the city is “prepared to respond” to any disturbance in the city. “We will protect our neighborhoods, our businesses and the people of our city,” she said.
That’s very different from last year when she let the ruffians take over the city.
DeRay McKesson, a Black Lives Matter activist and failed mayoral candidate, said, “The Nero verdict is a reminder that we must continue to push for policies and laws related to the police department that explicitly call for the preservation of life and that have clear lines of accountability. I am reminded that this is one of six trials as we seek accountability for the death of Freddie Gray.”
T.J. Smith, the police department’s chief spokesman, said Nero will remain working in an administrative capacity while the police department’s internal investigation continues.
Lieutenant Gene Ryan released a statement in May of last year that officers are more afraid of going to jail under these Democrats than they are of dying.
Baltimore Police Officer William Porter was the first to stand trial, in December, but the jury could not reach a verdict. Unlike Porter, Nero opted for a bench trial.
The next trial in the case will be that of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr, the driver of the van used to transport Gray. His trial is scheduled to begin June 6. His trial is to be followed by those of Lt. Brian Rice (July 5), Officer Garrett Miller (July 27), Officer William Porter (Sept. 6) and Sgt. Alicia White (Oct. 13).
Oh, and by the way, the judge who found the officer not guilty is black.
Sheriff Clarke responded last year when the Democrats arrested these officers and proceeded to leak information while threatening them. The Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, allowed the gangs and radical groups to burn the city and attack officers to give them their space, as she put it, while thanking the Nation of Islam for all their help.