Investigation and medical examiner reports say Freddie Gray's death a homicide. Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby will file charges against all 6 officers involved in the arrest. (Baltimore Sun)
Officer Edward Nero, 29, joined the police force in 2012. He earned a $44,773 annual salary in 2014 and lives in a Cape Cod-style home near Bel Air Middle School. An older man answered the door Friday afternoon and said it was "not possible" to talk with Nero and to "please leave the premises" and "don't come back."
Amy Brousseau, who is listed as jointly owning a home with Nero, had no comment when reached by phone.
His neighbor Krishna Pillalamarri said Nero and his wife moved to the area a few months ago and she has only seen him a few times mowing his lawn.
Public records indicate that he lived in Sewell, N.J., and the local high school, Washington Township, confirmed an Edward Nero graduated in 2004.
Nero was a volunteer firefighter between 2002 and 2012 with the Washington Township Fire Department in New Jersey, according to The Courier-Post, a New Jersey newspaper.
"I don't think he did anything wrong," the officer's father, Edward Michael Nero, told the newspaper Friday. "I'm sure he'll be acquitted," he added.
Gloucester County Fire Chief John Hoffman told the paper that Nero was "an outstanding and dedicated firefighter," adding that, "He was never in trouble. He was generally a good guy."
Nero was one of the three officers on bike patrol who made eye contact with Gray on North Avenue and Mount Street. He and Officer Garrett Miller began to chase Gray on their bikes and then apprehended him along the 1700 block of Presbury St.
The two officers handcuffed him and dragged him several feet away and held him face down on concrete. Nero and Miller did not respond when Gray asked for an inhaler. The arrest report indicates that the two officers found an illegal switchblade; however, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the knife officers found was legal under state law.
Nero was one of three officers who failed to establish probable cause and illegally arrested Gray, according to Mosby, and then failed to secure him with a seat belt, which is against a Baltimore Police Department procedure. Nero, Lt. Brian W. Rice and Miller then placed flex cuffs on Gray's wrists and leg shackles on his ankles at Mount and Baker streets.