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Freddie Gray Trial: Officer Found Not Guilty

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One officer in the Freddie Gray trial has been found not guilty on all charges. 

Baltimore Police officer Edward Nero, 30, was facing one count of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and one count of reckless endangerment. Nero opted for a bench trial rather than a jury trial, according to NBC News, and was found not guilty on all counts shortly before 11 a.m. May 23.  

Protestors have gathered outside the courthouse in Baltimore, but remained quiet as the verdict was announced.  

Gray died April 9, 2015, a week after he was taken for a 'rough ride,' meaning he was handcuffed and shackled in the back of a police vand.  As the van sped down streets and around curves, Gray's body banged around the back of the van, causing him to break his neck. 

His death set off weeks of protests, led by the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Nero has so far been the second officer to stand trial in the Gray case.  Officer William Porter's manslaughter trial, which was slated to begin Nov. 30, 2015 according to Break, ended with a hung jury. 

Sources:  NBC News, WBAL / Photo credit: WBAL

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