The race-baiters in the Freddie Gray case – from Al Sharpton to State Attorney Marilyn Mosby – took a major hit this morning.
Baltimore police officer Edward Nero, the first of six officers charged in relation to the arrest and subsequent death of Gray, has been acquitted on all charges.
Nero had been charged with second-degree assault, as well as two counts of misconduct and reckless endangerment.
Worse for those who turned the case into a front in their race war? The white police officer was found not guilty by a black judge.
Via the New York Times:
A police officer was acquitted of all charges on Monday in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a black man who later died of injuries sustained in police custody. The verdict is likely to fuel renewed debate over the way the police patrol poor and minority neighborhoods.
The officer, Edward M. Nero, sat with a straight back and stared forward as Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was the sole decider in the case, read his decision in the noiseless cavern of Courtroom 234.
Officer Nero, who was implicated not in the death of Mr. Gray but in the opening moments of his arrest, was found not guilty of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct and of reckless endangerment.
“The verdict on each count,” said Judge Williams, concluding his reading after about 30 minutes, “is not guilty.”
Not only is Judge Williams an African-American, but he also prosecuted police misconduct cases across the country for the Justice Department. If anyone had the ability to find and identify police misconduct, Williams would have been as qualified as anyone.
You have to love the Times throwing a bone to the anti-police crowd with a statement like “The verdict is likely to fuel renewed debate over the way the police patrol poor and minority neighborhoods.”
Using a Liberal Media-to-Reality translator, that statement should read ‘the verdict vindicates Nero and his fellow officers in how they’ve handled patrolling poor and minority neighborhoods.’
Baltimore burned during the riots over Freddie Gray’s death. It continued to smolder months later when police were unable to proactively defend the city because of concerns they could be charged with excessive force.
A year ago, Baltimore saw a 60% increase in non-fatal shootings. From the time of Freddie Gray’s arrest, murders had more than doubled.
Mosby forced these charges on police officers in the name of justice solely for one side of the incident, while telling criminals on the street that she’d “heard (their) calls of no justice, no peace.”
Will she take to the podium to tell those same criminals that justice has now been served?
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