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Officer Charged In Death of Freddie Gray Is Found Not Guilty

Baltimore police officer Edward Nero was acquitted today for charges related to his role in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. It’s the first verdict in the case involving Gray, who died of a severe spinal cord injury sustained while he was in police custody.

Prosecutors had raised a key legal question: If a police officer arrests someone without probable cause, should that officer face charges? Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with NPR reporter Eyder Peralta about the verdict.

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Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero (C) arrives at the Mitchell Courthouse-West on the day a judge will issue a vertict in his trial May 23, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Nero is one of six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, whose injuries while in police custody resluted in his death and sparked days of protests and riots in Baltimore last year.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero (C) arrives at the Mitchell Courthouse-West on the day a judge will issue a vertict in his trial May 23, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Nero is one of six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, whose injuries while in police custody resluted in his death and sparked days of protests and riots in Baltimore last year. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)