Judge Declares Mistrial of Baltimore Cop in Freddie Gray Case

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Judge declares mistrial for first officer’s trial in death of Freddie Gray.

BALTIMORE — The latest on the trial of a Baltimore police officer who is charged with manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was injured in the back of a police transport van (all times local). Television footage outside the courthouse showed Baltimore sheriff’s deputies, who provide security at the building, taking demonstrator Kwame Rose into custody. Williams of the Baltimore City Circuit Court said, shortly after 3 p.m., to the weary-looking group of seven women and five men, seven of whom are black.

The judge then dismissed the jurors, who had deliberated for about 16 hours, and convened a brief private conference with lawyers, and then announced: “I do declare a mistrial.” On opposite sides of the room, the officer on trial, William G. We’re not sure whose depiction of it was worse: the prosecution’s account of police who express a callous indifference to the lives of those they arrest and then lie to cover for each other, or the defense’s picture of a department so rife with incompetence that their client’s failures were entirely unexceptional. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says “as a unified city, we must respect the outcome of the judicial process.” She says in the case of any disturbance in the city, authorities are prepared to respond. Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced Wednesday that the jury couldn’t reach its decision after three days of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of William Porter. Porter’s defense said that they almost never followed general orders requiring the use of seat belts in police vans, notwithstanding the department’s multi-year crusade to improve compliance or the memo strengthening the requirement that was issued shortly before Gray’s arrest.

Porter testified that he didn’t seat belt Gray because he was afraid that doing so would expose his gun — despite the fact that Gray’s hands were cuffed behind his back, his feet were shackled and he was not by the defendant’s own account causing any disturbance. Goodson, Jr. “It complicates what was already a complicated argument by the state’s attorney to try to get Officer Porter on the stand in the Goodson trial,” said David Jaros, an assistant professor of law at the University of Baltimore who has been attending the trial.

Porter said he didn’t believe Gray when he claimed to be hurt because people routinely fake injury so they can go to the hospital rather than jail, and that medics don’t come when officers call unless it’s an “exigent” situation. As residents awaited the Porter trial verdict, the city, still recovering from the riots in April, was on edge. “African-American men are being murdered by the police,” said the Rev.

In other words, there was nothing unusual about officers’ decision to drive around West Baltimore making multiple stops with Gray in the van after he complained that he was hurt. A mistrial means that the prosecution did not do their jobs good enough.” “In the coming days, if some choose to demonstrate peacefully to express their opinion, that is their constitutional right. I urge everyone to remember that collectively, our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighbourhoods, and for the residents and businesses of our city,” she said in a statement. They left through a side door, ushered by deputies away from reporters, who are under strict instructions not to conduct interviews in the courthouse.

The officers said they viewed the department’s general orders as more akin to advice than actual rules, and that each individual’s judgment trumped all. So did Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Gag order,” she said, smiling and shaking her head as she waited with an entourage for a courthouse elevator. Time will tell whether justice for Freddie Gray will involve criminal convictions of any of the officers involved in his arrest, but the process has already served as a stinging indictment of the police department. Department of Justice on reforms related to the federal civil rights investigation into that city’s policing practices that stemmed from the killing of Michael Brown last year.

Prosecutors say Porter was criminally negligent for failing to buckle Gray into a seat belt and for not calling an ambulance when he indicated he needed medical aid. Gray had been faking his injuries, and that he had no idea his life was in danger until the van arrived at the Western District police station with Mr. Gray had died: “Freddie Gray and I, we weren’t friends, but we had a mutual respect.” The state argued that Officer Porter could have helped Mr.

The defence said Porter went beyond the call of duty in helping the handcuffed and shackled prisoner move from the floor of the van to a bench in the wagon, and in telling the van driver and a supervisor that Gray said he needed to go to a hospital.

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