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Van driver in Freddie Gray case found not guilty.


Another police officer is left off the hook for the injuries that led to the death of Freddie Gray. The van driver Caesar R. Goodson Jr. is the third police officer to go under a high-profile trial and to be found not guilty. He was charged with criminal negligence, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and four other charges. All of which Judge Barry G. Williams dismissed this morning in his final ruling.

From the New York Times:

“The court finds there is insufficient evidence that the defendant gave or intended to give Mr. Gray a rough ride,” Judge Williams, said, adding that there had not been “evidence presented at this trial that the defendant intended for any crime to happen.”

Black Lives Matter activists are still speaking out, and the city is still grieving.  The New York Times reported the people outside of the courtroom had much to say after the court ruling:

“Freddie Gray should be with us today.”

“It’s another dark day in Baltimore,” said Janea Rogers, 38, a homemaker from Northeast Baltimore and the mother of two teenagers.

“I can’t tell them, trust the cops,” she said. “I don’t know what to tell them.”

Tawanda Jones, 38, has worked for police accountability since her brother, Tyrone West, died after a struggle with the Baltimore police in 2013.

“I’m disgusted,” said Ms. Jones, standing outside the courthouse. “I’m sick of being disgusted. I’m starting to feel emotionless.”

“They sent a deadly message,” she added, “sent to communities all over the world, that black lives don’t matter.”

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