>> To those of you.>> Baltimore's mayor urging calm Monday after police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray was found not guilty by a Maryland Judge.>> No justice no peace.>> Thirty year old Edward Nero faced four counts, including assault and reckless endangerment, for arresting Gray without justification in April 2015, and then failing to secure him in a transport van, where he suffered a broken neck.
Reuters's Ian Simpson is covering the story.>> I spoke with an attorney who handles these kind of cases, and he pointed out that it was a very difficult case to prove on the part of the prosecution and that had Nero been convicted of lacking probable cause in stopping a suspect that was running away from officers.
That could have what he called an incredible chilling effect on police across the United States.>> During the week long trial, Nero's lawyers had argued the officer never touched Gray except when trying to help him find an asthma inhaler and while lifting him into the van once shackled.
The 25-year-old black man who fell into a coma during his arrest died a week later from his injuries. The incident triggered violent riots in Baltimore. Prompting the governor to trigger a state of emergency. And the mayor to issue a city wide curfew. Gray's family settled a 6.4 million dollar civil suit with the city in September.
Nero is the second of six officers to be tried for Gray's death. The first of William Porter ended in a hung jury in December. But Nero waived his right to a jury, giving Judge Barry Williams the power to render a verdict. The highest profile trial in the case comes next, starting June 6th.
Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr., who drove the van in which Gray broke his neck, faces the most serious charge of second degree murder.