The Latest: Prosecutors Rest Case at Freddie Gray Trial

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Freddie Gray Case Trials.

BALTIMORE (AP) — 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). The state’s last witness before prosecutors rested their case was a criminal justice professor who testified that it is the responsibility of all officers to ensure that prisoners are buckled into seat belts in transport vans.

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. Carol Allan, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Freddie Gray, and ended with testimony from an emergency medical technician who found Gray unresponsive at the Western District police station. Prosecutors say Porter didn’t get Gray help when he asked for a medic and failed to buckle Gray in when the man was being transported in a police wagon.

Sanders toured areas of unrest following Gray’s funeral and met with African-American civic and religious leaders to discuss issues affecting the African-American community. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) During the tour, Sanders stopped to look at a large mural of Gray as he was led through the neighborhood by the Rev. Prior to the seating of the 12-person jury last week, about 150 potential jurors had been screened for any business or personal connections to more than 200 potential witnesses and stakeholders in the case. Judge Barry Williams declined to declare a mistrial because of revelations that prosecutors failed to disclose information that Gray told a police officer about a prior back injury the month before he was arrested in the incident that led to his death. 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.

The senator said it was “stunning” that despite America’s wealth “in communities like this we are seeing kids dropping out of school, being in bad schools, dilapidated housing.” Sanders was later joined by two dozen black ministers and activists at the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center, where he discussed ways to address poverty, job opportunities and education for black youth and their families. 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. 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. At a news conference, Sanders appeared agitated when he was asked by a reporter about the threat of the Islamic State group, pointing to the downtrodden neighborhood he had just toured. “Obviously ISIS and terrorism are a huge national issue that we’ve got to address, but so is poverty, so is unemployment, so is education, so is health care.” Democratic presidential candidate, Sen.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks with preachers and reporters aboard a bus as he tours the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

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