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Baltimore police officer acquitted in death of Freddie Gray

A judge acquitted Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero on all charges in the April 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man who sustained severe spinal cord injuries while in police custody. Nero had pleaded not guilty after being charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct.

Nero was the second officer to be tried of the six indicted on charges related to Gray's death. In December, a judge declared a mistrial in Officer William Porter's case; Porter is set to be tried again in September.

Gray's death was one in a string that sparked nationwide protests drawing attention to police brutality against black people.