Seven months after Freddie Gray’s death, ‘ain’t nothing changed out here’

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Baltimore Residents Head To Courthouse To Watch Freddie Gray Trial.

Prosecutors in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer rested their case Tuesday in the same way they began — with testimony that Officer William Porter failed in his duty to ensure the safety of Freddie Gray.

The spokeswoman for Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders instructed reporters Tuesday to avoid asking the senator about the Islamic State terrorist group following his roundtable discussion on urban poverty and the Black Lives Matter movement.The Bernie Sanders campaign clashed head-on with an election cycle dominated by Donald Trump and the politics of terrorism on Tuesday, as the Vermont senator insisted that candidates needed to focus on the “third world” conditions of American cities instead. Porter, charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, after their final witness, an expert in police procedure, told a jury that the officer had a “shared responsibility” with other officers to summon medical help for a badly injured Mr.

The first of six police officers charged in his death is now on trial. “Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation, you would think you’re in a third-world country, where unemployment is over 50 percent, a community that does not even have decent-quality grocery stores,” Sanders told reporters. Sanders‘ national press secretary, walked into a press conference shortly before the senator wrapped up the roundtable discussion and told reporters: “Don’t ask about ISIS today.” “Of course I will talk about ISIS, but today what we are talking about is a community, in which, half of the people don’t have jobs,” he told CNN, referring to the terrorist group by an acronym. Carol Allan, conceded under aggressive cross-examination that she would not have ruled Gray’s death a homicide had the driver of a police transport van followed Porter’s instructions and taken Gray to a hospital. With the defense set to begin its case Wednesday morning, attention will now turn to Officer Porter, 26, who is expected to testify on his own behalf. The van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, instead picked up a second prisoner and then drove to a West Baltimore police station, where Gray was found unresponsive and paralyzed from a broken neck.

And after several days of testimony… “One moment, I’m like, `Oh yeah, he’s gonna go to jail,’ but once when I heard the defense side, I’m like, `Ah, yeah, he might got a chance,’” he said. “But you have to wait.” Johnson is planning to write a book around the Freddie Gray story. Tuesday’s clash also followed a chaotic tour of the Baltimore’s Sandtown district during which the campaign’s awkward relationship with an unruly media pack was on full display. He had been in the back of the van for 45 minutes, handcuffed and shackled for most of the ride, and the defense sought to shift blame to Goodson. “There’s no testimony that what Officer Porter did was any sort of deviation from what a reasonable police officer would do,” defense attorney Gary Proctor said in arguing for dismissal of all charges.

For him, sitting in court has been research and hearing the evidence firsthand has been eye-opening. “It changed my mind a lot because I actually thought that it was a slam dunk type of case but it actually wasn’t because you get away from your bias and you’re actually hearing from both sides,” he said. The presidential contender said it was “stunning that we are less than an hour from the White House and the United States Congress.” Sanders has sought to make inroads with black voters against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has garnered endorsements from black members of Congress and has longstanding ties to the African-American community, helped in part by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. But what I said, and let me repeat, you can agree with me or not, what I have said is that obviously ISIS and terrorism are a huge national issue that we have got to address, but so is poverty, so is unemployment, so is education, so is health care, so is the need to protect working families. Gray, asked for help. “He’s going to score points because he’s from Baltimore, he’s young, he’s personable,” Doug Colbert, a University of Maryland law professor who has been attending the trial, said of Officer Porter, who is also black. “But substantively, he’s going to be grilled on why he didn’t take more action.” Mr.

In a sign of his support among liberals, Sanders won the endorsement Tuesday of The Working Families Party, a coalition of unions and progressive groups that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Gray’s death, from a spinal cord injury suffered while he was in police custody, opened a raw wound in Baltimore, a city with a long history of tense relations between blacks and the police. Jurors heard from 16 state’s witnesses over five days and watched Porter’s videotaped interview with Baltimore detectives as the prosecutors centered on what he did and didn’t do for Gray, who repeatedly asked for medical attention. It looks like we are in a third world country.” Earlier, during a closed-door session with church leaders, Sanders took questions that focused more on policing – an issue that is high on the Baltimore agenda during the trial of officers accused of killing Gray by deliberately giving him a “rough ride” in a police van. The first and last witnesses were police instructors who testified that Porter had a duty under Baltimore Police Department policies to call a medic after Gray requested one and asked the officer to help him off the floor.

The tour took him past abandoned homes with black signs affixed to plywood doors reading: “We must stop killing each other.” As the senator passed through the neighborhood, one man shouted, “Hey man, we need change!” Sanders then stopped at a large mural of Gray near the intersection where he was arrested last spring. Prosecutors say Porter didn’t buckle Gray into a seat belt despite a general order requiring him to do so, and failed to call for a medic immediately after Gray indicated he needed aid.

One pastor, addressing police militarization, said that his daughter was afraid of the police. “She’s freaking out,” he said. “We have so many kids now who don’t trust the police. Prosecutors contend Gray was gravely injured by the fourth of six stops the van made en route to the police station, when Porter opened the doors and lifted him from the floor onto a bench.

When asked about the latest Department of Justice investigation into a similar death in Chicago, Sanders told the Guardian that “it’s a huge issue”, adding: “I made a request that the federal government do an investigation into what happened in Chicago and I am glad that they are. He also said he couldn’t find a single case where failing to seat belt resulted in the reckless disregard of human life, which is one of the charges Porter faces. Legal experts say the state faces difficult hurdles, especially in proving manslaughter, which requires convincing the jury that Officer Porter intentionally endangered Mr. He said residents of many poor neighborhoods are hurt by a lack of grocery stores and banking options and many are preyed upon by payday loans and high interest rates.

Gray’s life was at risk. “There’s plenty of evidence that his behavior was not ideal practice and perhaps even was negligent,” said David Jaros, an associate law professor at the University of Baltimore who is following the trial. “But whether or not from that a jury could reasonably conclude he did it with an awareness, choosing to wantonly disregard the risk to Freddie Gray’s life — I think that’s a hard step.” The case has also offered a window on the complex relationship between Baltimore police and young men like Mr. Murtha’s aggressive style drew a warning Monday from the judge, who threatened to hold him in contempt if he didn’t stop “testifying,” by posing questions about information not in evidence, during his cross-examination of the assistant medical examiner.

Lyman testified that it is the responsibility of all officers, not just the driver, to make sure prisoners are buckled into seat belts so they don’t move around, fall down or injure themselves. D’antuono’s message: “It stops with cops.” He says he’s trying to persuade police officers not to let fellow officers get away with sometimes deadly violence against defenseless citizens. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams on Monday denied a defense motion for a mistrial regarding whether Gray had a pre-existing back injury but said defense attorneys could use the documents in question to build their own case.

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