Mistrial in Case Against Officer William Porter
Written by WURD Radio on December 17, 2015
A mistrial, or hung jury, has been declared in the case of police officer William G. Porter — one of six Baltimore, MD officers charged in the April 19 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Prosecutors allege that Gray sustained fatal spinal cord injuries while being transported in police van, and that the six indicted Baltimore officers were jointly responsible for the chain of events that led to his death.
Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct. Lawyers on both sides of the case were expected to base their approach to the trials of the remaining five officers’ on the outcome of Porter’s case.
Activists took to the streets after the mistrial was announced, many demanding a retrial and conviction. No announcements have been made about how prosecutors and defense lawyers will proceed, but it was reported that both sides met with the judge on December 17 to talk about whether Officer Porter will be retried.