NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Baltimore Cop Edward Nero Acquitted, SCOTUS Tosses Death Sentence After Prosecutors Bar Blacks From A Jury, Black Leaders/Lawmakers Push Back Against SB873



Baltimore Cop Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges In Connection With The Death Of Freddie Gray

One of the Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray is a free man. Edward Nero was acquitted of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

Nero was one of six officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie GrayHe suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in the back of a police van last year. Nero opted for a trial-by-judge instead of a jury.

Judge Barry Williams ruled evidence shows Officer Nero had a limited role in Gray’s arrest and loading into a van. Gray’s family attorney commended Judge Williams for not bending to public opinion.

A. Scott BoldenYodit TewoldeDanielle Blevins and Former US Supreme Court Correspondent Lawrence Brown of Morgan State University joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the verdict in the Nero case.

SCOTUS Tosses Death Sentence Over Prosecutors Attempts To Keep Blacks Off Jury

Thomas Foster was sentenced to death in Georgia by a 7-1 ruling for the 1987 murder of an elderly white woman.  Though he admitted guilt, it appears Foster did not get a fair trial.

Evidence shows a Georgia prosecutor removed all the Black candidates from the Jury, by marking potential jurors paperwork with the letter “B” indicating their race. 

Black Lawmakers & Activists Fight NC’s Plan To Gut HBCUs

In a controversial move, the North Carolina State Senate introduced a bill last week that could eventually bankrupt five of the state’s universities.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Western Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Winston-Salem State University, and Fayetteville State University will all be adversely impacted by Senate Bill 873. Out of these five institutions of higher learning, the last three mentioned are HBCUs.

The “Access to Affordable College Education Act” proposes to change the names of those schools and drastically slash tuition down to $500 per semester.

If the bill is passed, the controversial legislation will cause the state to lose millions in revenue and will result in massive program cuts at those universities.

On Tuesday, Roland Martin spoke with Rev. William BarberEdith Bartley, VP of Government Affairs for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, about North Carolina Senate Bill 873 and their plan to keep the bill from gutting HBCUs.

The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien’s New Documentary Examines The Link Between War Vets, PTSD, & Suicide

Many U.S. soldiers survived the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to face internal battles with post-traumatic stress disorder and thoughts of suicide once they return home.

According to statistics, 22 veterans take their lives each day, totaling over 8,000 individuals a year.

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien follows a few of these soldiers as they grapple with the painful effects of PTSD in her new documentary, The War Comes Home.

O’Brien spoke with Roland Martin about the film during Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now. The War Comes Home is available in theaters for one night only via

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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