Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has represented most Baltimore City and Howard County in congress for the past 20 years, “urges Baltimore residents to respect the outcome of the trial [of Officer Edward Nero] regardless of the verdict,” according to the Baltimore Sun.
The trial is the second for a Baltimore police officer charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. The officer faces charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
Nero opted for a bench trial, which means Judge Barry Williams will decide the verdict, which will be delivered Monday.
Cummings made a similar plea before the outcome of the trial of Officer William Porter, who allegedly failed to buckle Gray in the police van. (The jury failed to reach any unanimous verdicts, and the case ended in a mistrial.)