Olivia Wilde on Freddie Gray Verdict: Police Need to Be ‘Held Accountable for Violent Crimes’

Actress Olivia Wilde took to Twitter Monday to call for police to be “held accountable for violent crimes” in the wake of the full acquittal of a Baltimore police officer in the death of teenager Freddie Gray last year.

“Until the police are held accountable for violent crimes, we have no chance at peace in this country,” the 32-year-old Tron: Legacy star tweeted Monday, adding the hashtag: “#FreddieGray.”

Baltimore police officer Edward Nero was acquitted of assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct charges Monday over his role in the teenager’s death last year. Gray’s death set off riots in Baltimore and led the state of Maryland to charge three Baltimore police officers with culpability in the teen’s death.

The trial of another officer involved in the 2015 incident, William Porter, ended in a mistrial late last year after the jury could not come to a unanimous decision.

Earlier Monday, Wilde posted a link to a video by women’s advocacy organization Emily’s List and defiantly captioned it: “WOMEN CAN STOP TRUMP.”

Several hours later, the actress posted a follow-up message on Twitter: “You never know how many racists follow you until you post something about police brutality. Or Trump,” she wrote.

Wilde hasn’t shied away from expressing her political views during the 2016 election season. In February 2015, the actress joined several dozen other stars in calling for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president, before Warren officially took herself out of contention.

Wilde later switched her support to Hillary Clinton, telling the Daily Beast last April that the Democrat frontrunner is a “really exciting candidate.”

The actress criticized Trump in an interview with the New York Post last September, telling the newspaper that the found the presumptive GOP nominee’s “xenophobia” “really sickening.”

A month earlier, Wilde posted a photo of a Trump piñata to Twitter, adding the hasthtag: “#itsfullofbolognameat.”

 

 


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