Baltimore City Police officer Edward Nero arrived in court today to be tried for the assault of 25 year-old Freddie Gray. Gray died after being taken into police custody last April.

Nero was one of six officers that assisted in the arrest, but today in court his attorneys attempted to downplay his role in the ordeal.

“Officer Nero has dedicated his life to helping others,” Defense attorney Marc Zayon said.

Nero, 30, is charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. All four are misdemeanor charges.

The first day of the trial focused heavily on Nero’s alleged assault of Gray when he was taken into custody. The defense argued that Nero only touched Gray when providing medical assistance by searching for his inhaler. This was supported by CCTV still images showing Nero as he went to get another officer’s bike who was involved in an initial foot chase.

The prosecution led by Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow  focused on Nero failing to buckle Gray into the police van when he was transported. Schatzow said Nero was properly trained and blatantly violated protocol by arresting Gray and putting him into the van unbelted.

“The issue is not one of danger, it’s one of not caring,” Schatzow said.

In total, eight witnesses were called to the stand before Judge Barry G. Williams.

The court remains in recess until tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.