LISTEN: Voices Of Baltimore Protesters In The Wake Of A Mistrial

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mistrial declared in Freddie Gray case after Baltimore jury fails to reach verdict.

Dozens of protesters marched through the streets of Baltimore following the declaration of a mistrial in the Freddie Grey case – the black man whose death in police custody sparked riots in April The jury which was composed of seven black and five white people, failed to reach a verdict over Officer William Porter’s alleged involvement.Despite two people being arrested by the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office and multiple attempts to block traffic, demonstrations were calm and peaceful—exactly what everyone was hoping for. While some tried blocking traffic, officers stood shoulder to shoulder, making sure demonstrators remained lawful, before they spilled over to City Hall. Freddie Gray’s death from a broken neck, suffered while the 25-year-old was transported in the back of a police van, became a flash point in a national debate over police use of force, especially against black men.

The officer’s lawyer argued that Porter may not have been aware of department policy mandating that detainees be seat-belted, which was put into place shortly before Gray’s arrest.

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