A Maryland judge acquitted Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero of all charges in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray on Monday.
Judge Barry Williams announced his decision Monday at the conclusion of the bench trial. Nero, who was charged with second-degree intentional assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment, declined a jury trial.
Nero, 30, who is white, was one of several of bicycle officers who initially pursued Gray and assisted in his arrest. He claimed he never touched Gray other than to help him find his inhaler.
Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died April 19 from a severe spinal injury sustained while in police custody, determined the city medical examiner, who ruled the death a homicide. His death sparked days of citywide protests and rioting and was a flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Three of the officers charged in Gray’s death are white, and three are black.