Things have not been good in court for Freddie Gray‘s family and supporters.
The Baltimore man died in police custody after being arrested last April, but so far, aside from a financial settlement, the Baltimore City Police Department has not been found at fault.
Today, Caesar Goodson Jr., the officer driving the van in which Gray sustained a severe neck and spinal cord injury, was found not guilty of second-degree murder by Judge Barry Williams.
Goodson (pictured above, arriving at the courthouse this morning) had been facing up to 30 years in prison if he were to be convicted of the most serious charge, called second-degree depraved-heart murder.
The officer was also found not guilty of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office — all of which he initially pled not guilty to prior to his trial.
The prosecutor in the case alleged that Goodson gave Gray a “rough ride” — police lingo for the (illegal) process officers use to teach a person a lesson by putting them in the back of a police van with no seatbelt and then driving erratically.
But while the prosecutorial team alleges Goodson was willfully negligent in Gray’s death, Judge Williams did not see it the same, and acquitted Goodson on every charge.
Goodson is now the third (of six) Baltimore police officers to be tried in this case — all of which have been presided over by Judge Williams.
Officer Edward Nero was also found not guilty last month. Officer William Porter‘s trial ended in a hung jury this past December. He will be retried in September.
Three more police officers await their fate at the hands of the judge soon.
[Image via AP Images.]