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Don't mistake Edward Nero's acquittal in the Freddie Gray case for vindication of the Baltimore police

Don't mistake Edward Nero's acquittal in the Freddie Gray case for vindication of the Baltimore police

The acquittal Monday of a Baltimore police officer on charges relating to the death of Freddie Gray should not be seen as a vindication of the police department, its policies, its training or its oversight of officers. Criminal trials are pending for five other officers, each of whom must defend   his or her actions on April 12, 2015, the day Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury after he was arrested, shackled and loaded into a police van without a safety restraint. But verdicts in those cases likewise will serve neither to uphold current police practices nor brand the entire department as criminal.

There have been, and there may continue to be, police officers...

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