The Jury Selection In The Freddie Gray Death Trial To Begin This Week
After a long year of battling with police brutality, the trial of the 6 Baltimore officers who have been charged with the death of Freddie Gray is set to begin soon. There is no doubt that Nation will be waiting with bated breath as we await the verdict from 12 of the officer’s peers.
Six police officers were indicted in Gray’s death. Jury selection in the first trial begins Monday. A verdict will likely set the tone for the city: If Officer William Porter is acquitted there could be protests and possibly more unrest. A conviction could send shockwaves through the city’s troubled police department.
“Everything is at stake. The future of the city is at stake,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.
Porter faces charges of assault, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is accused of checking on Gray during several stops the van made during its 45-minute trip from the Gilmor Homes in Sandtown-Winchester, where Gray was arrested, to the Western District station house, where officers found Gray unresponsive and he was taken to a hospital. He died a week later.
Gray was initially handcuffed. Later during his van ride, his legs were shackled and he was placed back in the van without a seatbelt, a violation of department policy, prosecutors have said.
Porter is black. Two other officers are black and the three others are white. They will be tried separately beginning in January; their trials are expected to last until the spring.
The Rodney King uprising is gonna look like a children’s carnival compared to Baltimore if the jury doesn’t come back with a “guilty” verdict for at least ONE of these cops.
We’ll definitely be watching this trial VERY closely…
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