Police Officers Acquitted in Death of Freddie Gray Honored at Conservative Gala

The six Baltimore police officers who were charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray were honored at a gala in Washington last week.

Lt. Brian Rice and officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero received a standing ovation at the Media Research Center’s 2016 gala after being introduced by Conservative Review chief political correspondent Deneen Borelli.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against the six officers — ranging from misconduct in office to second-degree murder — in May 2015, less than a week after riots rocked the city on the day of Gray’s funeral.

“Legal experts immediately saw the obvious: There was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by any of them,” Borelli said at the gala. “This was politics at its very worst.”

In separate bench trials, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitted Nero and Rice, as well as Officer Caesar Goodson, of all charges in the death of Gray, 25, who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody and died a week later.