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The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police officers was undoubtedly a tragedy, but according to a city circuit judge it wasn't a crime.

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Judge Barry Williams today found Edward Nero, one of the six officers involved in Gray's arrest and subsequent fatal injury, not guilty of charges stemming from Gray's death. It's a verdict which stands as a bitter disappointment to those who see it as yet another example of the impunity with which law enforcement is able to operate. In tragedies such as Gray's death, we often lose a sense of the life lived and lost, overwhelmed by the national significance of the death. In a series of tweets written in the aftermath of the verdict, writer and educator Clint Smith reminds us that Freddie Gray was above all, a person.

Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_didn_t_commit_a_crime--that_he_ran_from_people_who_he_knew_could_hurt_him_and_not_be_held_accountable__
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Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_grew_up_in_poor__overly_concentrated_public_housing_that_exists_because_of_state-sponsored_segregation__
Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_grew_up_in_public_housing_with_poisonous_lead_paint__That_his_health_was_compromised_by_public_policy__
Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_had_asthma_and_asked_for_an_inhaler__The_police_didn_t_give_him_one___didn_t_seek_timely_medical_help__
Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_was_purposefully_not_buckled_into_the_police_van_when_protocol_explicitly_says_he_should_have_been__
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Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_was_nicknamed__Pepper__by_his_friends__That_those_closest_to_him_said_he_has_an_amazing_sense_of_humor__
Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_had_a_mother_named_Gloria_and_a_twin_sister_named_Fredericka_who_loved_him__
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Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_walked_his_girlfriend_s_child_to_school_every_morning_that_she_had_to_go_to_work__
Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_wasn_t_perfect__I_hope_we_remember_that_none_of_us_are__That_imperfection_doesn_t_warrant_being_killed__
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Clint_Smith_on_Twitter___I_hope_we_remember_that__FreddieGray_was_not_a_caricature__not_a_slice_of_newsreel__He_was_a_person__I_hope_we_never_forget_he_was_a_person__

Five more BPD officers charged in Grey's death are still awaiting trail.

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