Officers charged in Gray case honored at conservative gala

"Nobody wants to be a police officer anymore," Officer Garrett Miller said.

The six Baltimore police officers who were charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray were honored at a gala in Washington last week.

Lt. Brian Rice and officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero received a standing ovation at the Media Research Center's 2016 gala after being introduced by Conservative Review chief political correspondent Deneen Borelli.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against the six officers — ranging from misconduct in office to second-degree murder — in May 2015, less than a week after riots rocked the city on the day of Gray's funeral.

"Legal experts immediately saw the obvious: There was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by any of them," Borelli said at the gala. "This was politics at its very worst."

In separate bench trials, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitted Nero and Rice, as well as Officer Caesar Goodson, of all charges in the death of Gray, 25, who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody and died a week later.

Mosby dropped the charges against the remaining three officers -- Miller, Officer William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White.

The six officers still face an internal, departmental review of the incident.

After taking the stage with Nero and Rice, Miller addressed the attendees.

"Thank you everyone," the officer said. "Thank you for all your support and love for us. We're not allowed to say much; we're not allowed to talk much."

He paused, then continued.

"Our profession is hurting," Miller said. "We need your love, we need your support, we need your prayers. We're losing officers at an incredible rate. Not just from gunfire, but because they're tired of it. They quit. Our department's short, everywhere's short. Nobody wants to be a police officer anymore. Please hold us in your love [and] prayers. Thank you for all the support, everybody."

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