Officer in Freddie Gray trial acquitted

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A police officer has been acquitted over the death of a black man in police custody in Baltimore.

Police officer Edward Nero has been acquitted of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.

Freddie Gray, who was 25, died after sustaining a severe spinal injury in the back of a police van during his arrest in April 2015.

His death caused days of massive protests and unrest in Baltimore.

Last year, a jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of another officer connected to Gray’s death, William Porter.

Officer Porter was the first of six officers charged in Gray’s death to be tried.

The prosecution had been hoping to use Officer Porter as a witness in the other officer’s trials.

Gray’s death helped spur a national debate over police use of force, especially against black men.

In Baltimore, protests raged for days and even turned violent, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency and deploy national guard troops.

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