Baltimore is on high alert today following a not guilty verdict for one of the six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Officer Edward Nero was cleared today (Monday) of all charges by Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams. The charges included assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
Nero, 30, is one of the two officers who had direct contact with Gray before his arrest.
Gray, 25, died on April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken while he was in Police custody and transported in a police van, while also shackled and handcuffed, but without a seat belt.
Nero faced charges of assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
However Nero’s verdict can now set the stage for the other officers who must now face charges in the Freddie Gray case. This may also cause others to now question if ANY of the officers, charged with Gray’s death will be charged.
Grays’s death set off more than a week of protests in Baltimore, which eventually led to unrest and the implementation of a six-day curfew across the city.
*90 percent of Baltimore’s Officer do not live in Baltimore.