Officer Takes Stand in Freddie Gray Case

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Baltimore Officer Charged in Death of Freddie Gray Takes Stand in His Own Defense.

BALTIMORE — Officer William Porter was poised and calm as he testified in his own defense Wednesday, telling jurors that he didn’t call an ambulance for Freddie Gray because the man was alert, appeared uninjured and didn’t complain of any pain or wounds in the back of a police van. Porter said he did tell his colleague, the van driver, to take Gray to the hospital after he said he needed medical attention during the van’s fourth of six stops.

No matter what jurors decide in the first trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, city leaders are calling for people to respect the judicial process. The fourth stop is crucial in Porter’s case because prosecutors say Gray was already injured by the time he arrived there, and Porter’s failure to call a medic to the scene contributed the Gray’s death. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at an event billed as a “unity” news conference Wednesday that people have the right to express their opinions. WNEW’s Sarah Jacobs is at the trial and reports Porter testified that he did not assist with lifting Gray into the police van because he handled crowd control at the scene of the arrest.

Anti-violence advocate Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady says he believes justice will prevail and members of the community there agreed that change is coming. Porter told jurors the experience was “a very traumatic thing for me.” Porter faces manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges.

In a later recorded statement played for jurors, Porter said Gray only asked him for help off the van floor, and said yes when Porter asked if the man needed a medic. As for why he didn’t buckle Gray into a seat belt, Porter told the jury that the wagon is “pretty tight” and said that of his 200 arrests involving the transport van, he has never belted in a prisoner. They have also said Porter acted the way any reasonable officer would have and suggested that the officer may have thought Gray was faking an injury to avoid going to jail. In the Zimmerman case in Florida, DiMaio said Trayvon Martin’s injuries suggested he was on top of and leaning over Zimmerman when Zimmerman fired his gun, killing the unarmed black teenager. Peterson, a former police officer in Illinois, was convicted of killing his third wife, although DiMaio testified she died as a result of a fall in a bathtub, not an assault.

Porter added that he left the scene after lifting Gray from the floor of the wagon to the bench, and it was Caesar Goodson, the driver, who closed the wagon’s doors.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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