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Jury Selection for First Officer's Trial in Freddie Gray Case Punctuated by Protests

November 30, 2015  | 

A small group of protesters gathered outside the Baltimore courthouse on Monday morning as jury selection began in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, reports the Baltimore Sun.

"All night, all day, we gonna fight for Freddie Gray!" demonstrators chanted.

They held signs that said "Stop Racism Now!" and "Baltimore Stands with Minneapolis & Chicago!"

Participants in the rally called for investment in Baltimore communities and said they stood with protesters against police violence around the nation.

Just before 10 a.m., more than 70 prospective jurors were led into a fourth floor courtroom at the Mitchell Courthouse, where they were questioned by Judge Barry Williams, reports WBAL News Radio.

Porter is charged with manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. He has been free on bail since his arrest.

Judge Williams told the potential jurors that he would expect opening arguments in the case to begin "in a day or two," and he would expect the trial to conclude no later than December 17.

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kevCopAz @ 11/30/2015 5:14 PM

Based upon the news, the entire jury admitted to the judge that they have heard reports about this case. Now you have protestors daily outside the court house (hopefully the jury is sequestered) and place on top of that all the news the last year or so anti police and riots. My question is ho0w in the hell can those officers get a fair trial in Baltimore?. This is set up for conviction from the start. ANY citizen in Baltimore knows that riots will take place and THIER city will burn if there is not a conviction. Don't you think that weighs on each juror? If the case were taken out of that jurisdiction there would be a somewhat fair jury, as best as there can be with todays news and internet. The main fact is that if those citizens (non Baltimore) vote not guilty then even though there will still be riots, it wont be in their home town thus taking that out of the equation.

hearsetrax @ 12/1/2015 3:30 AM

no whar to run nore hide from the rioters at large

conviction or not, Baltimore will be set a blaze once more

and all of this because its illegal to hunt those like freddie for sport

S.S. @ 12/1/2015 6:12 AM

The jury is tainted. No doubt about that. Imagine if those bums outside who are protesting if they had that kind of passion in trying to find a job.

S.S. @ 12/3/2015 6:52 AM

These people are nothing but a bunch of low lives who wait to commit crimes, such as roberries , thefts,and smash and grabs. Seriously do these people have jobs? I'm willing to be no! Where the fuck are these people when there's black on black killing. NOWHERE!! Just a couple of weeks a young 9 yr. old blackmale was executed because his father couldn't re pay a loan. So then let's kill his 9 yr old son. This is another level of violence. Here's a question to ALL you so-called b.l.m. Where the fuck are you ASSHOLES? Or is it only the criminals who are commiting crime who die at the hands of officers that you defend. Officers who are only doing there jobs and want to go home to their families. In other words do you hypocrites only assist criminals. You b.l.m. are completely worthless, and scum bags.

percy @ 12/3/2015 10:30 PM


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