Officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case

FILE - This May 12, 2016 file photo shows officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arriving at a courthouse at the beginning of his trial in Baltimore Md. A judge is expected Monday, may 23, 2016 to hand down his verdict in the case of the Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody.

A judge found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The judge announced his verdict on Monday.

Nero was one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the case. He waived his right to a jury trial, opting instead to argue his case before Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

An earlier trial for an officer charged with manslaughter in the case ended in a hung jury in December.

Gray’s death about a year ago led to protests and rioting in the city and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.

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