Monday marks a pivotal moment for the city of Baltimore. A verdict for a second police officer involved in the death of Freddie Gray is expected to be handed down, encapsulating a year of unrest in the city.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Judge Barry G. Williams will issue a ruling in the case of Edward Nero, one of the six officers charged in the case. The ruling is expected around 10:30 a.m., the Sun reports.
On April 12, 2015, Gray, 25, was arrested and died a week later from complications relating to a spinal cord injury after riding in the back of a police van.
Nero is specifically charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of misconduct in office. He has pleaded not guilty in relation to the charges.
Last year, reports of Gray’s death sparked weeks-long protest in the city of Baltimore, with some protesters and police interactions turning violent.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, is asking for calm in the wake of the verdict, saying, “Whatever may be Judge Barry Williams’ decision with respect to Officer Nero’s role in the death of Freddie Gray, that verdict will have as much legitimacy as our society and our justice system can provide.”