Defense Witnesses Portray Officer Edward Nero as Young Officer With Lax Training

Attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero called a string of witnesses Tuesday in an attempt to portray him as a young, earnest officer whose actions during the arrest of Freddie Gray were reasonable based on the training he had — and had not — received.

In one example, defense attorney Marc Zayon asked Sgt. Charles Sullivan — Nero’s field training officer at the police academy — whether Nero had ever received training on the proper procedures for transporting detainees in police vans. Prosecutors say Gray sustained what proved to be a fatal spinal injury after being shackled and placed in a van with no seat belt.

“No,” Sullivan said.

“And do you know why not?” Zayon asked.

“Because I didn’t train him on it,” Sullivan said.