Officers: Nobody buckles prisoners into seat belts

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City Calling For Peace Ahead Of Verdict In First Freddie Gray Trial.

FILE – This file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department on Friday, May 1, 2015 shows William G. 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).

Police continue to say they have no problem with protests or demonstrations and they won’t monitor or follow them as long as they remain lawful, but violence and destruction will not be tolerated.Porter was poised and calm as he testified in his own defense Wednesday, telling jurors he didn’t call an ambulance for Gray because Gray was alert, appeared uninjured and didn’t complain of any pain or wounds. Porter sought Thursday to bolster his defense with testimony from a pair of experts: a police chief who said the officer behaved reasonably in not calling a medic for Freddie Gray, and a neurosurgeon who said Mr. Joined by community leaders Wednesday, the city cites new training and new state of the art riot equipment that has police prepared for whatever unfolds. “We view our role as a police department as one that keeps the peace during protests,” said Commissioner Kevin Davis, Baltimore City Police Department.

His death was followed by widespread protests against police brutality, especially in predominantly African-American communities, and his funeral was followed by rioting. Gray suffered a “catastrophic spinal cord injury” that paralyzed him “within milliseconds.” “I don’t think this was a survivable injury,” said Dr.

With the first trial moving quicker than most expected, one group of protesters says they’re sending out an emergency email, putting demonstrators on standby for the verdict. “What we had during the unrest was nothing about justice. Longo told jurors that all officers must use their discretion when determining how to interpret a policy or procedure, such as the Baltimore department’s requirement that detainees be buckled in.

Porter testified that Gray was making eye contact and talking in a normal voice, and that there was no way Gray was partially paralyzed when the officer helped the 25-year-old to the bench of the police van. Prosecutors say Porter was criminally negligent for ignoring policy requiring officers to seat belt prisoners, and for failing to call a medic immediately after Gray indicated he needed aid. Porter, 26, also said he has participated in 150 arrests involving police transport vans, and that none of the detainees in those arrests were ever seat-belted in them. Ammerman was one of four witnesses — the others were Chief Timothy Longo of the Charlottesville, Va., police and two Baltimore officers — to testify Thursday on behalf of Officer Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers to go on trial in the case involving Mr.

On the stand, Porter, described a desperate scene at the Western District police station after Gray was found unconscious with mucus around his mouth and nose. Based on the medical examiner’s report, prosecutors also say that Gray’s critical injury during the unsecured ride took place before the fourth of ultimately six stops. Prosecutors say Gray, unable to brace himself because his hands and legs were shackled, fell when the van made a sudden movement and broke his neck. “Throughout all my training, I seat-belted people inside my personal vehicle but never the wagon”.

Wearing a gray suit and a navy blue tie, Porter appeared exasperated at times but did not seem to get angry during his cross-examination by Baltimore Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow. The Charlottesville, Virginia, police chief and a 35-year veteran of law enforcement has testified that Officer William Porter did almost all he could do on the day Freddie Gray was arrested and injured in Baltimore. Allan testified that Gray’s injuries, which included a pinch to his spinal cord so severe that it was almost bisected, occurred between the van’s second and fourth stop.

Gray’s death has sparked outrage and demonstrations, some of which were plagued by arson, vandalism and looting despite his family’s pleas for peace. Their testimony Thursday came as the defense was moving toward wrapping up its case; legal experts say closing arguments could come on Friday or early next week. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at an event billed as a “unity” news conference Wednesday that people have the right to express their opinions. He testified that he told the van driver, Caesar Goodson, to take Gray to the hospital but Gray didn’t appear injured when Porter saw him during the van’s fourth stop. Gray’s spinal cord was crushed sometime after the fifth stop — when Officer Porter had already left him — and that the injury was so severe it would have “immediately rendered him paralyzed, stopped him from breathing and unfortunately ended his life.” Officer Mark Gladhill, who worked alongside Officer Porter and who responded to calls for backup when Mr.

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