Baltimore officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case

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Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero arrives at the Mitchell Courthouse-West on the day a judge will issue a verdict in his trial May 23, 2016. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody.

A judge found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The judge announced his verdict on Monday.

freddie-grayNero was one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the case. He waived his right to a jury trial, opting instead to argue his case before Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

An earlier trial for an officer charged with manslaughter in the case ended in a hung jury in December.

Gray’s death about a year ago led to protests and rioting in the city and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.

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