Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Judge declares mistrial in case of officer charged in Freddie Gray death

The scene outside court as first trial in Freddie Gray case begins

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Baltimore officer William G. Porter is one of six police officers charged in the April death of Freddie Gray, who was severely injured while in police custody.
By Lynh Bui, DeNeen L. Brown and John Woodrow Cox December 16 at 3:34 PM

BALTIMORE — Jurors deliberated more than 16 hours over three days but still could not reach a verdict in the trial of the first officer to face prosecution in Freddie Gray’s death, forcing an already-weary Baltimore to continue waiting for any resolution in a case that has strained this city for months.

On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial.
Officer William G. Porter is among six officers charged in the arrest and death of the 25-year-old Baltimore man. The episode set off riots in the city.

“They just declared a mistrial. That means justice has not been found,” Kwame Rose shouted into a bullhorn, adding soon after: ““Do not tell us to protest in peace.”

“Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail,” a crowd of about two dozen chanted.

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