Officer acquitted in Freddie Gray death case

Protesters march on the west side of Manhattan in New York to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody. (Craig Ruttle, AP)
Protesters march on the west side of Manhattan in New York to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody. (Craig Ruttle, AP)

Baltimore - Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted on Thursday of all charges including second degree murder and manslaughter in the case of Freddie Gray, whose fatal injury in police custody last year sparked riots in Maryland's largest city.

Because the state failed to meet its burden of proof in any of the seven charges, "the verdict on all counts is not guilty", Judge Barry Williams said.

Three of the six officers charged in the case have now been tried, and no guilty verdicts have been handed down in the three trials.

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