Three of the Baltimore Police officers previously charged with the death of Freddie Gray were honored at the right-wing Media Research Center’s annual gala last week, the New York Daily News reported.
The crowd gave Lt. Brian Rice and officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller a standing ovation, and Miller addressed the group, saying “our profession is hurting.”
“We’re losing officers at an incredible rate. Not just from gunfire but because they’re tired of it. They quit. Our department is short. Everywhere is short. Nobody wants to be a police officer anymore,” Miller said.
Six Baltimore officers were originally charged with Gray’s April 2015 death.
Judge Barry Williams acquitted Nero and Officer Caesar Goodson, and a jury trial for Officer William Porter ended in a mistrial late last year.
In July, prosecutors dropped the charges against Porter, Miller and Sgt. Alicia White.