Edward Nero, one of the officers involved in the shocking death of Freddie Gray — which sparked the 2015 Baltimore riots — was found not guilty on May 23. Officer Nero was cleared of all four charges against him, including second-degree assault.
Police Officer Edward Nero is a free man. After standing trial for his role in the 2015 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, which set the city of Baltimore on fire with furious riots, the police officer was found completely innocent on all counts.
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams handed down Edward’s “not guilty” verdict on May 23, according to ABC News. Edward was facing charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct for allegedly arresting Freddie without probable cause. Officer Nero was one of the two officers who initially made eye contact with Freddie on April 12, 2015, per NBC News.
Edward, along with five other officials, apprehended the allegedly suspicious-looking Freddie after he fled from them. Freddie was ultimately arrested for allegedly carrying an illegal switchblade. During Edward’s case, prosecutors argued that he reckless by failing to strap a seatbelt on Freddie, who was placed on his stomach and in shackles in the back of a police vehicle, according to the New York Post. Freddie’s neck was snapped during transport and he died a week later.
Yet, Edward’s lawyer, defense attorney Marc Zayon, argued said everything his client did was legal and by the books. “I can’t believe I even have to argue this,” said Marc. “The detention is okay, the cuffing is okay [and] the moving is okay. Being detained is a horrible thing, being cuffed is a horrible thing…but the law allows it.”
Officer Nero, a former New Jersey volunteer firefighter, is the second officer involved in the Freddie Gray case to stand trail. Officer William G. Porter was the first to stand before a judge and a jury, but his case resulted in a mistrial when the jury couldn’t come to a conclusion. Edward opted for a “bench trial,” leaving his fate in the hands of the judge instead of a jury.
Edward faced the least of all the charges levied on the officers involved in this case. Officer William G. Porter still faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment and one count of misconduct in office. Lt. Brian W. Rice, Officer Garret E. Miller, Officer Caeser Goodson and Sergeant Alicia D. White all face a variety of charges, from second-degree murder to assault in the second degree.
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