After reading a lengthy decision, Judge Barry Williams found Officer Caesar Goodson not guilty on all counts.
Williams said the state failed to prove Goodson's intent to hurt Freddie Gray as the driver of the police van.
This is the second acquittal delivered in the cases surrounding 25-year-old Gray's death. Goodson is the third of six officers to stand trial. The trial of Officer William Porter ended in a mistrial.
As news of the not-guilty verdict spread, community members, observers, activists and leaders took to social media to react:
— Mariam Khan (@MKhan47) June 23, 2016
— Erick Ferris (@erick_ferris) June 23, 2016
— Alonzo Introspekt (@_introspekt) June 23, 2016
— Anthony Smith (@ant_theOreo) June 23, 2016
Rawlings-Blake and Mosby mortgaged their careers over a career criminal. The ultimate case of when keeping it real goes wrong #GoodsonTrial
— Jeff (@balls_26) June 23, 2016
— Neci (@TruLoveRoyal) June 23, 2016
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) 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
— Chris Broussard (@emtman14) June 23, 2016
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 23, 2016
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) June 23, 2016
at the end of the day. they know what they did and its going to eat them alive. #GoodsonTrial
— royal farms chicken (@NickkJagger) June 23, 2016
So I guess the #GoodsonTrial verdict means that the BPD are really terribly trained or just wholly incompetent? Both are unsettling.
— Kyle probably (@BadSonicNinja) June 23, 2016
The fact that none of the three officers tried so far have been convicted of 1 charge, is not only an injustice it is immoral. #FreddieGray
— Kwame Rose (@kwamerose) June 23, 2016