Freddie Gray

Goodson Mug Shot: Baltimore Police/Graphic: P. Kenneth Burns

The trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, the third of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death last year of Freddie Gray, begins Monday morning with motions hearings in Courthouse East. Goodson drove the van in which prosecutors say Gray suffered his fatal injuries. 

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

  Despite being two days removed from an acquittal of one of the six officers accused of causing Freddie Gray’s death, it was a regular day at Penn North.

Hardly anyone wanted to comment on the not guilty verdict in the trial of police Officer Edward Nero.

Clifford Moore, of South Baltimore, said there was really nothing to discuss.

“Freddie dead man; it’s no coming back from that,” he said.  “What we gonna do, memorialize him; immortalize him by continuously keeping it going on and on?”

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the acquittal of Officer Edward Nero in the Freddie Gray case and try to parse the meaning for the trials to come.

Nero Not Guilty

May 23, 2016
Baltimore Police

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was acquitted Monday by Circuit Judge Barry Williams of all charges against him in the Freddie Gray case. 

Nero was indicted on second degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct relating to last year’s death of Freddie Gray from a broken neck suffered while in police custody.

Williams took about twenty minutes to explain his reasoning.

Nero: Baltimore Police/Williams: Maryland Judiciary

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is to issue Monday his verdict in the trial of police Officer Edward Nero.

Nero has been charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in last year’s death of Freddie Gray.

Court is to begin at 10:30 a.m.

P. Kenneth Burns

The Maryland Court of Appeals – the state’s highest court – released Friday its written opinion explaining why it ordered one police officer accused in last year’s death of Freddie Gray to testify against his five co-defendants.

P. Kenneth Burns

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments Thursday before Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams.  And now Williams is examining the evidence and testimony presented at the trial of police Officer Edward Nero.

Baltimore Police

    

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams will hear closing arguments Thursday in the trial of police Officer Edward Nero who is facing second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment for his alleged role in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

Nero defense rests

May 18, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

  A former training director for the Baltimore Police Department testified Wednesday there was “no possible way” an officer could safely buckle a suspect in the back of a police van.

Capt. Justin Reynolds, one of the last two defense witnesses in the trial of Officer Edward Nero, said an officer risked being assaulted if he tried.

Nero is one of six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died a week after his arrest in April 2015 from injuries suffered in the back of a police van.

P. Kenneth Burns

The police sergeant who trained Officer Edward Nero in the field praised him Tuesday as the defense continued its case in Nero’s trial on charges stemming from the death last year of Freddie Gray in police custody.

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