So far, Baltimore’s State’s Attorney and top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby and her office have tried two police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray and have failed to secure a conviction in either case. The first case against Officer William Porter ended in a hung jury, and on Monday, May 23, 2016, Judge Barry Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero.
Critics of Ms. Mosby point to these two cases and argue that it’s proof that there was no basis to charge any of the six officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Proponents of Ms. Mosby point to the fact that she kept good on her campaign promise to fight police misconduct.
The approach taken by Ms. Mosby’s office in the trial of Officer Nero has come under criticism as well. Prosecutors essentially argued that the arrest of Mr. Gray was in and of itself, a crime. However, the prosecution’s “star witness”, Officer Garrett E. Miller, who was compelled (forced) to testify and is also facing charges himself, exonerated Officer Nero through his testimony.
The next trial is that of Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr., scheduled to start on June 6. Ms. Mosby’s office has five more trials (her office has indicated that Officer Porter will be tried again) to either prove her critics wrong and show that she did the right thing or to prove them right and face the strong likelihood of not being re-elected if she chooses to run in 2018.