What happened on day 2?
» Prosecutors spent much of the second day of Officer Edward Nero's trial trying to prove he was directly involved in Freddie Gray's detention and arrest — at times using Nero's own statement to police investigators.
» At one point Friday, Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow read from a transcript of Nero's statement.
» Nero's account of the arrest had never before been heard publicly.
» Prosecutors also played a video of Nero's interview with detectives. The officer described Gray's arrest and placing him in the van. Nero said he and Miller called for additional units and he retrieved Miller's bike, which he had ditched after the chase.» Prosectors called three witnesses: Brandon Ross, 31, who was one of two friends with Gray before his arrest; Det. Michael Boyd, a shootings detective who was assigned to the Baltimore Police Department's Force Investigation Team at the time of Gray's arrest, conducted the interview with Nero; Former training director for the Baltimore Police Department Neill Franklin.
On April 12, Freddie Gray was arrested by police while running through West Baltimore. Many of the events of that day were captured on police surveillance cameras – part of a citywide system of more than 600 cameras.
Here are some highlights of what cameras captured of the Gray pursuit and arrest before local residents pulled out their cell phones.
What was decided at the pre-trial hearing?
> Nero selected a bench trial. Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams will now be the sole decider of Nero's guilt or innocence.
> Williams ruled that Gray's fatal injuries suffered in police custody can be mentioned, denying a defense request to block that information.
But he also denied a request from prosecutors to call medical experts to go "step by step" through those injuries.
> Prosecutors cannot question whether the knife that was found clipped to Gray's pants pocket during his arrest was illegal.
> Citizen videos of the arrest will be allowed, but the audio will be muted.
> The state can mention "excessive force" by the officers, noting that he, as the sole decider of facts in the case, will be "mindful" of what is being argued by the prosecution and what is not.
> Certain information about Gray's past, including previous run-ins with law enforcement and his history of lead poisoning, will be excluded.
> All defense subpoenas issued to assistant state's attorneys will stand, but Williams will determine whether such witnesses can be called to the stand on a case by case basis.
> Nero's charges won't be dropped for the state having failed to articulate which actions of his constituted the crimes.
Williams said the prosecution's descriptions of the crimes committed justified a trial, though the facts surrounding those descriptions remain in dispute.
In several of his rulings, Williams left open the possibility that he could narrow or expand the scope of what is admissible in court as the trial proceeds.
> Williams also addressed a third-party motion filed by The Baltimore Sun and other media outlets, asking for broader transparency and increased access to documents and court proceedings in the officers' trials: He would provide for media representatives to be present during any viewings of evidence by juries, but he rejected the media coalition's request for increased access.