BALTIMORE, MD - The verdict is in and the protests are on!
“Again, it does not make sense. Somebody`s has lost their life and they`re not held accountable!” So says one member of an angry mob gathered outside of the Baltimore courthouse where one police officer was acquitted of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray.
"There are always going to be people who are not satisfied with the decision," says Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
Officer Edward Nero was acquitted of second degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.
You may recall, it was April two years ago, when 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from spinal injuries after being shackled without a seat belt in the police van.
Gray`s death sparked a firestorm of protests across the city of Baltimore and six officers were charged.
Prosecutors say Nero and his partner turned a routine stop based on suspicion of a crime into a full-blown arrest.
After the verdict, the Baltimore police department issued a statement saying the internal investigation is still going on. And while it does, officer Nero will stay on desk duty.
The first officer to go on trial , William Porter, ended in a mistrial in December after jurors could not agree on a verdict.
High-profile cases like this one often ignite a strong public reaction as citizens exercise their first amendment rights. In Nero`s case, just one judge decided his fate. But judging from the immediate response to his verdict, the city of Baltimore may once again need to prepare for just about anything.
Let's hope it's just freedom of speech.