The second trial in the Freddie Gray case is set to begin Thursday. It will be different than Officer William Porter’s trial which ended in a hung jury.
This trial is before a judge, and it has a better chance of ending with a verdict. It is also likely to signal what may happen with the officers who face similar charges. Officer Edward Nero is one of six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of the 25-year-old Black man who died after suffering injuries while in police custody last year. He faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges.
Nero and two other officers arrested Gray after making eye contact with him and chasing him in West Baltimore last year. Prosecutors say the officers detained him illegally. Gray was placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a police transport van, where he suffered a critical spinal injury. He died a week later on April 19, 2015.
Gray’s death prompted protests, rioting and looting in Baltimore, and his name became a rallying cry in the growing national conversation about the treatment of black men in America by police officers. Shortly after Gray’s death, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged the six officers.
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