Community Leaders React To Edward Nero’s Not Guilty Verdict

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many community leaders are reacting to the fact that Edward Nero was found not guilty of all counts. They say the trial is the justice the city asked for.

Meghan McCorkell has more.

As Officer Edward Nero learned his fate, local leaders called for acceptance of the not guilty verdict.

“This is what justice looks like,” said Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Cummings—a prominent figure during last April’s unrest—says the case was tried in Baltimore City and decided by a Baltimore judge. He believes the decision is fair.

“A lot of people may not like the decision but in the justice system like ours, you cannot guarantee result,” Cummings said.

The sentiment is echoed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who says in part, “This is our American system of justice and police officers must be afforded the same justice system as every other citizen in this city, state and country.”

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Councilman Brandon Scott praised the judge’s decision and is calling for acceptance.

“We have to be respectful of the process and wait until all the trials are done before we start to cast opinions one way or another,” Scott said.

He also pointed out that Judge Barry Williams refused to move the cases out of Baltimore when defense attorneys said they couldn’t get a fair trial in the city.

While the criminal case against Officer Nero is now complete, police officials say an internal investigation is still underway.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says he remains committed to building a relationship of trust and respect in the community, saying “We will continue this journey together as we strive for saver neighborhoods and policing practices consistent with the expectations of our residents.”

As for Congressman Cummings, he says Baltimore must set an example.

“While Baltimore may do well overall, it’s not going to do well unless we all rise together,” he said.

A change that could arise out of tragedy.

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