After a verdict of not guilty on all counts, the Freddie Gray family attorney comments on the nature of justice.
The verdict for the second trial of a Baltimore officer charged in the Freddie Gray case made the news yesterday, as did comments by the Freddie Gray family attorney. The verdict outraged many.
According to CNN:
A judge found police officer Edward M. Nero not guilty of all criminal charges in the case of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked riots and widespread anger in the city. […]
Nero is among six Baltimore officers to face charges in the case of Gray, 25, who died in police custody a week after being injured in the back of a police van in April 2015. Gray’s death sparked rioting and arson fires in the city and brought additional scrutiny to the deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers nationwide.
Nero was acquitted of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. All of the charges are misdemeanors; Nero was not charged in Gray’s death. Nero’s attorney, Marc Zayon, said in a statement that the “nightmare is finally over” for Nero, his wife and the rest of the family.
We can hope the nightmare is over. If it is, it will be partially due to the attitude displayed by the Freddie Gray family attorney who commended the judge’s decision.
I haven’t tracked everything the Gray family has said and done since Gray’s death. I assume in this case the attorney represents their feelings.
It must have been tempting to join the chanting of “no justice, no peace.” Instead they stood for real justice.
That shows real character and integrity.