A Baltimore judge has acquitted police officer Edward Nero in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray. Nathan Frandino reports.
Baltimore police officer Edward Nero is now clear of all charges in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray. Nero had been charged with arresting Gray without justification in April 2015 and failing to secure him in a police van, where he suffered a fatal spinal injury. Courtroom observer J. Wyndal Gordon says the verdict was widely expected. (SOUNDBITE) (English) J. WYNDAL GORDON, COURTROOM OBSERVER, SAYING: "I'm not surprised by the verdict. The judge did a good job of explaining how he came to his decision and basically you can't question it based on the evidence." But others were less accepting. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER SAYING: "Freddie Gray did not kill himself. I don't care what he should have been convicted of. He should have been convicted. I don't care what the charge was. There should have been a conviction." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER SAYING: "It's just not fair at all to society. This is our city. They're killing us and they don't care." Freddie Gray's death more than a year ago, triggered rioting and protests in the city. Nearly 400 buildings were damaged or destroyed. The incident also fueled the Black Lives Matter movement And NAACP Baltimore Chapter President Tessa Hill-Aston says this case is not over. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TESSA HILL-ASTON, PRESIDENT OF NAACP BALTIMORE CHAPTER, SAYING: "I think that we want someone to pay with Freddie Gray's death, but we have four more to go." Nero was among six officers charged in Gray's death and the second to go on trial. The trial of William Porter, the first officer to be tried, ended in a hung jury in December. The next officer to appear will be Caesar Goodson, Jr., the driver of the van, whose trial starts in June.