Prosecutor criticised after Freddie Grey officer acquittal

2016-05-24 12:42
Baltimore Police Officer Edward M Nero walks with his attorneys to Courthouse East before hearing in Baltimore. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun, AP)

Baltimore Police Officer Edward M Nero walks with his attorneys to Courthouse East before hearing in Baltimore. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun, AP)

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Baltimore - Baltimore's top prosecutor is facing criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray without first ensuring there was enough evidence to bring them to bear.

A judge on Monday acquitted Officer Edward Nero of the assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in the April 2015 arrest of the African-American man.

Legal experts say the acquittal in the racially charged case could be seen by some as a confirmation of criticism that State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby rushed to file charges.

Gray died a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police van, where he was shackled, handcuffed but unrestrained by a seat belt. His death prompted calls for justice, and rioting followed Gray's funeral.

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