For the Black Lives Matter crowd, Monday's acquittal of all charges against Officer Nero was, in their minds, a travesty of justice. How is it even possible that a black judge in a bench trial could have found a white cop innocent in the death of Freddie Gray?
But, rather than succumbing to the politics surrounding the issue of black men dying at the hands of cops, the Judge did the right thing. Something that he may wind up getting death threats for.
From the onset, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the arrest of 6 officers more about politics and less about justice. As many legal analysts have noted, attempting to prove there was an"intent to kill" in this case, is a pretty high hurdle to jump. Instead, Gray's death may have just been a horrible accident. So far, two trials seem to have proven this. In the first, there was a hung jury; evidently some juror or jurors found the murder charge impossible to buy into. And now, a fair judge has proven that point again by finding Officer Nero innocent of all charges.
My guess is that, going forward, the remaining defendants will also request a bench trial rather than trusting a potentially biased jury. This may ultimately result in none of the cops being found guilty of murder. If that turns out to be true, where is justice for these police officers? Condemned for risking their lives everyday trying to protect the predominately black residents of that city? Will they ever be able to work in Baltimore again?
Justice In Baltimore: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435759/freddie-gray-verdict-just-marilyn-mosby-conduct-shameful
May 2015: Law Professor: Baltimore Officers Were Overcharged, Charges Will Likely Be Dismissed: http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/01/law-professor-baltimore-officers-were-overcharged-charges-will-likely-be-dismissed/
May 2015: Baltimore: Why Marilyn Mosby may not be able to convict police on murder charges in Freddie Gray's death | Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/05/01/baltimore-why-state-attorney-mosby-may-not-be-able-to-convict-police-on-murder.html
Video: "On Tuesday night's The Kelly File, Harvard Law professor Alan
Dershowitz says Baltimore's state's attorney Marilyn Mosby, the Freddie
Gray prosecutor, acted irresponsibly, politically": http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/05/25/alan_dershowitz_black_lives_matter_is_endangering_the_fairness_of_our_legal_system.html
Judge Barry Williams: https://www.google.com/search?q=Judge+Barry+Williams&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
Hung jury in Freddie Gray case: What's next? - CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/17/us/baltimore-police-trial-freddie-gray/