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Story 1: Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty of All Charges — Videos

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01: Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 01: Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, speaks during a media availability, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Six Baltimore, Maryland police officers, Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, Ofc. William Porter, Ofc. Garrett Miller, Ofc. Edward Nero and Ofc. Caesar Goodson Jr. were charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, 2015 and died on April 19.

Six Baltimore, Maryland police officers, Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, Ofc. William Porter, Ofc. Garrett Miller, Ofc. Edward Nero and Ofc. Caesar Goodson Jr. were charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, 2015 and died on April 19.

 

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Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges

 

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 charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.

RELATED: Who’s Next? Trial Dates For Officers In Freddie Gray Death

Nero waived his right to a trial by jury. His bench trial began May 12 and final arguments were heard Thursday.

WJZ’s Ron Matz says the verdict announcement was attended by a group of Baltimore City police officers, most in plain clothes. After the verdict was read, they came up to Nero one by one, embracing him and patting him on the back. Nero was seen with tears in his eyes.

 

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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.

Gray family attorney Billy Murphy spoke with WJZ outside the courtroom.

“I have to commend Judge Williams on not being influenced by public opinion,” Murphy said. “It’s a very, very difficult job to sit as a judge under these enormously stressful conditions, and once again Barry Williams has shown he is a fair and impartial man… He showed tremendous courage in ruling against public opinion.”

“I don’t think anybody should be upset with this verdict nor do I think anybody should have been elated about a guilty verdict,” he added. “Only the people who sat through this trial and heard all of the evidence have a right to have an opinion about whether his opinion was fair and whether or not it was warranted under the circumstances. So we should all understand that we all have opinions, but unless they’re based on the facts and all of the facts, those opinions are essentially irrelevant to this process.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shared a similar sentiment in a statement she released shortly after the verdict was handed down.

“Today Judge Barry G. Williams found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of all criminal charges. 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. 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. In the case of any disturbance in the city, we are prepared to respond. We will protect our neighborhoods, our businesses and the people of our city.”

Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 responded positively to the verdict shortly after it was announced.

According to WJZ’s Mike Schuh, who was outside the courthouse when the verdict came down, there was a huge “roar of disapproval” from protesters.

One of the people leading the charge was Rev. Wesley West.

“I’m angry because this is what we deal with, and when I say ‘we,’ we’re talking about the black community and I’m a part of and represent that community as well, it seems like we have no voice when it comes to these issues,” West said.

“When it comes to conversations like this, we’re not involved. This should have been a jury trial where the community had a voice in this case. Of course a system works in a system’s favor, that’s how I look at it. That judge represents the system, and the police officer represents a system, but they’re all one system working together. And again I don’t think case was actually tried fairly when it comes down the community being involved.”

 

Nero is one of six officers who was charged in relation to Gray’s death, and the second to be tried. Officer William Porter’s trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in December. He will be retried.

“I think to convict a police officer it requires very strong evidence,” University of Maryland Law Professor Doug Colbert told WJZ’s Linh Bui Monday. “Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is protection for every accused person, but there have been so few successful prosecutions of police officers … so it’s going to take a lot of evidence that an officer should be held criminally responsible.”

Four other officers — Officer Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. — have not yet been tried.

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Goodson’s trial, which was already delayed once, is set to begin June 6. He was the driver of the van that transported Gray from the spot where he was arrested to the police station. When the van arrived at the Western District police station, Gray was already critically injured and unresponsive.

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Goodson faces charges of second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of vehicular manslaughter and misconduct in office.

“Officer Goodson’s case, factually, is a very different case than this one and so Officer Goodson’s attorneys are going to be weighing heavily the question whether they want to go forward with a jury trial or whether they want to go forward with a bench trial,” Adam Ruther, an attorney with Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP, tells WJZ.

“This will certainly factor into their decision making as they have had a little bit of a glimpse at the way Judge Williams is looking at the case, but it certainly will not answer the question for them and that question is solely the defendant’s. The lawyers cannot make that decision for the defendant, they can only advise and help the defendant make that decision for himself.”

Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges

 

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Freddie Gray’s arrest was captured on a cellphone video that shows him being dragged, seemingly limp, into a police van in Baltimore.

By VIA KEVIN MOORE on Publish DateMay 9, 2016.

BALTIMORE — The trials of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal injury while in the custody of the Baltimore police, are winding their way through the courts. Mr. Gray’s death set off widespread unrest and became part of a national conversation on police conduct. Here is an update on legal proceedings.

What happened to Freddie Gray?

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The police van in which Freddie Gray sustained a fatal spinal injury last year.CreditIan Duncan/The Baltimore Sun, via Associated Press

On April 12, 2015, Mr. Gray was pursued and arrested by officers who said he was carrying an illegal knife; prosecutors have raised questions on that count. Video taken by bystanders shows Mr. Gray being dragged into a police van. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agree that he sustained a spinal injury during the ride, but disagree on when. Mr. Gray died a week later. His death was ruled a homicide.

Who was charged?

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The officers charged in Mr. Gray’s death are, clockwise from top left: Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller, Edward M. Nero, Alicia D. White, Brian W. Rice and William G. Porter.CreditBaltimore Police Department, via Associated Press

Six officers — three black, three white — were charged. Three of them — Officer Edward M. Nero, on trial this week; Officer Garrett E. Miller; and Lt. Brian W. Rice — were present during the arrest. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the van, faces the most serious charges. Two others, Officer William G. Porter and Sgt. Alicia D. White, encountered Mr. Gray during stops on the van’s route.

Here are the charges and maximum sentences:

• Officer Goodson: second-degree depraved-heart murder (30 years), involuntary manslaughter (10 years), second-degree assault (10 years), manslaughter by vehicle, gross negligence (10 years), manslaughter by vehicle, criminal negligence (three years), misconduct in office, reckless endangerment (five years).

• Officer Porter: involuntary manslaughter (10 years), second-degree assault (10 years), misconduct in office, reckless endangerment (five years).

• Lieutenant Rice: involuntary manslaughter (10 years), second-degree assault (10 years), two counts of misconduct in office, reckless endangerment (five years).

• Officer Nero: second-degree assault (10 years), two counts of misconduct in office, reckless endangerment (five years).

• Officer Miller: second-degree assault (10 years), two counts of misconduct in office, reckless endangerment (five years).

• Sergeant White: involuntary manslaughter (10 years), second-degree assault (10 years), misconduct in office, reckless endangerment (five years).

Who brought the charges?

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Marilyn J. Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, announced the charges against the officers on May 1, 2015. CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

The state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced the charges on May 1, 2015. It was an unusual step: Prosecutors around the country, including in Ferguson, Mo., and Cleveland, have declined to bring charges in other high-profile police shootings.

“I would say at every juncture, she has chosen to go with the more aggressive, vigorous option of prosecution,” said David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore. Should Ms. Mosby prevail, at least in the mind of the public, he said, “it would mark a major shift simply for prosecutors, for everyone to know that prosecutors can and are capable of taking these cases.”

What has happened in the trials so far?

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Protesters outside City Hall in Baltimore in December after a mistrial was declared in the case of Officer Porter. CreditBryan Woolston/Reuters

Last year, the prosecution opened with the trial of Officer Porter, and the others were to follow in quick succession. But the jury deadlocked, causing Judge Barry G. Williams to declare a mistrial. Hearings and appeals have contributed to delays.

Prosecutors tried Officer Porter first because they wanted him to testify against other officers. But after the mistrial, with a retrial coming, he wanted to refuse.

Prosecutors asked Judge Williams to compel Officer Porter to testify while granting him “use and derivative use immunity,” which would bar prosecutors from using his testimony in other officers’ trials against him during his own. It is exceedingly rare for defendants to testify against co-defendants while awaiting their own trial, but Judge Williams granted the motion. Officer Porter’s lawyers appealed the decision to the state’s highest court, which affirmed it, although judges there have yet to explain the reasoning behind their ruling. Late last month, Judge Williams ruled that Officer Miller could also be compelled to testify against his colleagues.

When will the trials end?

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Kevin Grant and Jeff Keys near a mural of Freddie Gray in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, a block from where Mr. Gray was arrested. CreditMatt Roth for The New York Times

The court has laid out this schedule: Officer Nero, Wednesday; Officer Goodson, June 6; Lieutenant Rice, July 5; Officer Miller, July 27; Officer Porter’s retrial, Sept. 6; and Sergeant White, Oct. 13.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/10/us/freddie-gray-baltimore-police-officers.html?_r=0

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