Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty on all charges for his part in the events leading to the death of Freddie Gray. Nero had initially been charged with second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Judge Barry Williams announced the ruling decision Monday after a bench trial.
Gray was black man who resisted arrest and after a struggle with the officers, complained of breathing problems. He later passed away in the following week, sparking up a black lives matter protests from crowds of citizens in Baltimore and across the nation.
The judge ruled Officer Nero had been doing his police duty in a immediate response situation, thus prompting his acquittal of all the claimed charges.