FIRST PICTURE: First of six cops charged over Freddie Gray’s homicide

This is the first officer to be pictured out of the six cops charged over the death of Freddie Gray.

Officer Edward Nero, 29, is facing 10 years in jail for allegedly assaulting the 25-year-old before he suffered a severe spine injury and died.

The married father-of-one, who is also charged with misconduct in public office, joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2012.

He will face trial alongside five colleagues, whose charges range from assault to manslaughter and murder, after the Maryland State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, declared Gray’s death was a homicide, and there is probable cause to file criminal charges.

On Friday, Mosby announced that evidence shows the six officers ‘illegally’ detained Gray on April 12 for the lawful possession of a knife, not a switchblade as cops previously reported.

Her report states Gray sustained his fatal neck injury by being shackled in the back of the police van without a seat belt – a move that violated the police rules of conduct.

In an astonishing revelation, Mosby said the blade for which Gray was arrested was not found until after he was detained.

The officers face charges including murder, manslaughter and assault. Five of them are already in custody, according to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The driver of the van, Officer Caesar Goodson, 45, has been charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, which carries a 30-year jail term.

Depraved heart murder is often described as wanton or wilful killing. It means the defendant knows their actions are likely to cause serious harm or death to the victim.

Lt Brian Rice, Officer Garrett Miller and Officer Edward Nero illegally arrested Gray at 8.40am before finding the lawful knife in Gray’s pocket, Mosby said.

Rice, 41, is charged with manslaughter, assault and other charges. According to Mosby, he was the first to interact with Gray, by approaching him then chasing him. He faces 10 years or more in jail.

Miller, 26, and Nero, 29, are charged with assault, which carries 10 years, and other charges.

Sgt Alicia White, 30, the only female officer in the group, and 25-year-old Officer William Porter are both facing 10 years or more, charged with manslaughter, assault and other charges.

All six are charged with misconduct in office.

Mosby slammed the officers for placing Gray in an unsafe position: lying, shackled, on his stomach on the floor of the van with his head facing the back of the van.

Source: The DailyMail

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