BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys will deliver closing arguments in the trial for an officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.
Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. The assault charge carries a maximum of ten years in prison, while the other charges have five-year maximums.
Gray died last year, a week after his neck was broken in a police van. He was handcuffed and shackled, but unrestrained by a seat belt. The department’s policy is for detainees to be belted in.
Prosecutors say Nero unlawfully arrested Gray, and was negligent when he failed to buckle the man in.
Nero’s attorney argues his client didn’t arrest Gray, and that it is the police van driver’s responsibility to buckle in detainees.