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Mistrial Declared for First Baltimore Officer Accused in Freddie Gray's Death

December 16, 2015  | 

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A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter, after jurors told a judge it could not reach a verdict on any of the four charges against him, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The panel had informed the judge on Tuesday that it was deadlocked, and Judge Barry G. Williams ordered them to continue deliberations.

Porter, 26, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is the first of six police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray.

Attorneys will appear in court in front of an administrative judge Thursday to pick a retrial date. Porter is not expected to attend.


Comments (15)

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kjh104 @ 12/16/2015 1:29 PM

Baltimore stay strong

kevCopAz @ 12/16/2015 1:51 PM

Example of over charging since he was a police officer. I wonder if it was hung pro guilty or pro not guilty, bet they wont tell us unless it was pro guilty. AND this was in a location where the jury pool was tainted and during the selection protests could be heard outside the court room windows! If this was taken to a completly different venue as it should have been, this officer would be walking away, as he should. They want to punish officers for acts and non acts now, what a joke.

Percy @ 12/16/2015 1:57 PM

@ kevcopaz

Yes dear, tainted jury and and tried where it happened, oh THE HUMANITY.

Robert @ 12/16/2015 2:07 PM

kevCopAz...your logic escapes me.
A hung jury validates the process that the case should have went to trial and a jury. As you said, we don't know which way (or evenly split)....but at least 1 person thought there was evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed.
IF the jury would have returned with a not-guilty verdict, than you could argue it should have not went to trial.
Punish Officers for non-acts. Are you kidding me.
There was a policy that said you need to buckle up people for transport. That seems logical to me. If I have to wear a seat belt, I would think a person wearing restraints, who cannot brace themselves should be wearing a seat belt!!
The LEO admitted he didn't buckle up the defendant...and one of his arguments "no one buckles in transferees"...is the same argument my kids made when they were 3 years old (everyone else does it)!!
So if all of the police in Baltimore jump off a bridge, would officer Porter have jumped off a bridge!

[email protected] @ 12/16/2015 2:15 PM

Percy, please crawl back into your troll hole and stay off this site. Your not a LEO nor anyone of merit. Until you've stood on the line just keep to yourself. Blues, Stay Safe.

Percy @ 12/16/2015 2:27 PM

@[email protected]

No. I'm out of range of all of your punitive weapons, so again NO.

Lt Roy Smith-Ret @ 12/16/2015 4:35 PM

A violation of a departmental policy is NOT a crime. However liberal DA's, and those wanting to satisfy the criminal element NOT to riot, have chosen to point guilt at this officer. He could be fired for not following policy, but not arrested for it. This is a bias proceeding.

Nightstalker @ 12/16/2015 8:17 PM

Sad!

Larry Romero @ 12/17/2015 6:16 AM

Lt. Roy Smith I SO agree. Yes Baltimore PD stay strong. A sign of the times we live in now.

Cpt. T. Grady (Rerired) @ 12/17/2015 6:50 AM

The jurors couldn't reach a verdict, because Officer Porter never should have been put on trial. Freddie Grays actions caused his own death. If he had been a decent law abiding citizen in the first place, none of this would have happened to begin with. Wake up America. Stop listening to the liberal main stream media.

Leonard @ 12/17/2015 7:10 PM

@Cpt Grady: Freddie Gray actions didn't cause him to be dead. It was the fact that those officers decided to extract a little blue Justice and gave that man a rough ride, a behavior BCP is known for. He is dead because the police killed him...PERIOD. Your attitude, a common one among LE, is precisely why not only african-americans, but all citizens fail to trust police.

S.S. @ 12/18/2015 10:55 AM

leonard you are an idiot. A prisoner in the van said that this dead p.o.s. was throwing himself head first inside of the van banging his head into the van, which is made from steel. Wanna know why leonard cause he waS HIGH! Get your facts straight before you start talking outta your ass. You sound just like that other she-male percy.

S.S. @ 12/18/2015 10:58 AM

leonard so i guess you speak for the african-americans? I'm sure you mean law abiding citizens, with a clean sheet, and not a criminal, right?Sounds like you're one of these p.o.s. criminals.

Percy @ 12/18/2015 11:46 AM

@S.S.

1 So now you are now willing to believe a prisoner, is this something you always do or only when it matches the agenda you are trying to put forward? Just so you know the genious officer said under oath that they are told to always put a seat belt on all prisoners, but that they are not shown how. Yup he actually said that SS, do you know how to operate a seat belt?

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Leonard @ 12/19/2015 5:44 PM

@ss. I speak for those citizens that understand BS when they hear it. And nothing but BS came out of the BCP

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