Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero, hereinafter, the “Defendant”, has made a fairly unusual decision.
The Defendant is one of three officers who arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a man of color, about a year ago. Mr. Gray apparently made eye contact with one of those officers and then allegedly began running in a high crime area. Upon arresting him…for something… the officers took Mr. Gray into custody and placed him in the back of a police van.
When the van arrived at the police station 45 minutes later, Mr. Gray was critically injured.
Mr. Gray died a week later, sparking protests and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement, becoming a rallying cry in the growing national conversation about the treatment of black men by police. On the day of his funeral, rioting and looting broke out and a city-wide curfew was imposed as the National Guard rolled in to help restore order.