Mistrial Declared In Officer Porter Trial
The first trial for the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death has been declared a mistrial.
As previously reported Officer William G. Porter was facing manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges after Gray suffered a broken neck and severed spinal chord while in police custody.
A Baltimore judge declared a hung jury Wednesday in the trial of a police officer charged in the case of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose April death prompted “Black Lives Matter” protests across the city and touched off sometimes violent protests.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement pleading for calm and promising to protect the city.
Officer William Porter, 26, was the first of six officers facing charges in the death of Gray, who suffered a severe spinal injury after his arrest April 12 on minor charges and died one week later. That led to a series of protests, some calm, but some that rocked the city as businesses were looted and burned.
Prosecutors could elect to retry Porter on the manslaughter, assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment charges. His case was crucial,
SMH…do you think there will be unrest in Baltimore over the first Freddie Gray trial???