First of six police officers in Freddie Gray case found not guilty

Officer Edward Nero, center, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arrives at a courthouse to receive a verdict in his trial in Baltimore, Monday, May 23, 2016. (AP Photo)

(CNN) — The first verdict of the six officers charged in events leading to the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray more than a year ago in Baltimore came in Monday — not guilty of all charges.

Edward Nero said in a statement that he and his family are “elated that this nightmare is finally over.” He and his fellow officers maintain they did nothing wrong.

Nero was part of a trio of bike officers that initially encountered Gray, who was subsequently arrested and put into a police van for transport.

None of the officers involved in the case placed a seat belt on Gray, who was unconscious when he arrived at the police station, and died a week later from a spinal injury.

Several days of violent protests followed Gray’s death, and after Monday’s verdict, some Baltimore residents were visibly upset

But Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for restraint, saying in a statement that “we once again ask the citizens to be patient and to allow the entire process to come to a conclusion.”

Congressman Elijah Cummings, whose district includes parts of Baltimore, reminded his constituents that “there are always going to be people who are not going to be satisfied with the decision, but keep in mind, we also have five more trials to go.”

Nero will remain on administrative capacity from the Baltimore police department until all of the trials are completed.

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