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BREAKING: Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges from Freddie Gray arrest
Obviously, we talked a lot about the Baltimore riots which erupted following the arrest and death of Freddie Gray last year. Today the trial of the arresting officer in the case came to a close, and he's been found Not Guilty on all counts.
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.
As you'll recall,
Gray, a 25-year-old black man from the Sandtown area of Baltimore, died on April 19, 2015 of a spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody.
His death set off more than a week of protests followed by looting, rioting and arson that prompted a citywide curfew.
Depending on which reports you believe, there were either "throngs" of outraged protesters chanting outside the courthouse, or "just a few." Regardless, everyone is understandably on edge, waiting to see if the verdict sparks the kind of chaos we saw last year.