Baltimore Cop Caesar Goodson Found Not Guilty in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore cop Caesar Goodson was found not guilty on all charges in the Freddie Gray case, including second-degree depraved heart murder.

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Caesar Goodson, the Baltimore police officer who was tried for several charges including depraved-heart murder and manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, was found not guilty on all charges Thursday morning, according to the Baltimore Sun. Circuit Judge Barry Williams delivered the verdict after final arguments for the non-jury trial were made last week.

Goodson, 46, is one of six officers who faced charges in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who died after sustaining injuries to the spine and head while in police custody last April. Goodson was the officer driving the vehicle where Gray was injured and faced the most serious charges of all the officers who were implicated, the Baltimore Sun reports.

ABC News reports that in his decision, Williams said:

The state failed to prove the defendant knew or should have known that Mr. Gray needed medical care.

Protesters had been gathering outside of the courthouse in Baltimore in anticipation of Williams' verdict chanting "Justice for Freddie Gray."

A new group of protestors arrives at #Baltimore courthouse chanting "Justice for #FreddieGray

— Alison Knezevich (@aliknez) June 23, 2016

Protesters wait for verdict in case of Caesar Goodson, driver of the van where #FreddieGray sustained fatal injury:

— Alex Kissi Jr (@AlexKissiJr) June 23, 2016

Protestors march toward the courthouse chanting "Justice for #FreddieGray"

— Emma Patti Harris (@emmapattiharris) June 23, 2016

#FreddieGray began trending on Twitter almost immediately after news of the not guilty verdict for Goodson broke, with many expressing outrage over Williams' decision not to convict.

So #FreddieGray's spine is SHATTERED. The judge says it was bad judgment not to secure him, but not criminal? HE'S DEAD!

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 23, 2016

So essentially what the judge is saying is, "Oops! Damn shame #FreddieGray is dead. But nobody is at fault. He just sort of died."

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 23, 2016

The #FreddieGray ruling is disguisting. How are the cops involved not responsible for his death? Even the guy driving!?

— ♏ (@XO__Merissa) June 23, 2016

The display of injustice in #Baltimore with the murder of #FreddieGray is obscene

— jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) June 23, 2016

Gray's death is a tragedy not found to be a crime in court, but a wakeup call for Baltimore. Not a day of rejoice for anybody. #GoodsonTrial

— NAACP (@NAACP) June 23, 2016

The NAACP also sent out a tweet commenting on the verdict,



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