Justice has been delayed for the families of Freddie Gray and Officer William G. Porter, the Baltimore police officer facing a manslaughter charge for his role in Freddie’s killing. The judge was forced to call for a mistrial after the jury couldn’t decide if Officer Porter was guilty or innocent!
Officer William G. Porter, 25, will have another day in court over his part in the killing of Freddie Gray. After reviewing the evidence and all the arguments, the jury could not come to a verdict, causing the judge to call for a mistrial!
William’s fate was delayed when the judge issued a ruling after the jury was deadlocked on Dec. 16, reports CNN. The seven women and five men on the jury were unable to come to a unanimous decision following two weeks of emotional legal arguments and passionate witness testimony. Prosecutors will have a chance to put Officer Porter on trial again and, according to CNN, they will.
Officer William G. Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment and one count of misconduct in office. If he is convicted on some or all of the first three charges, he would face no more than 10 years in prison, combined.
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in the wake of the mistrial, said if people wanted to protest this decision, that they remain “peaceful” and show “respect for our neighborhoods and for the residents and business of our city.”
Six police officers in total were charged over Freddie’s death. In addition to Officer William G. Porter, Lt. Brian W. Rice, Officer Edward M. Nero, Officer Garrett E. Miller, Officer Ceaser Goodson and Sergeant Alicia D. White all faced a variety of charges, from second-degree murder to assault in the second degree, according to the Daily Mail.
On Apr. 12, Freddie was arrested in his West Baltimore neighborhood for allegedly possessing an illegal switchblade. Freddie was allegedly loaded into a police fan in handcuffs and leg restraints, but without a seatbelt. Freddie allegedly suffered severe wounds to his spinal cord, and according to Chief Prosecutor for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, Freddie “was no longer breathing at all” at the end of the ride.
Freddie fell into a coma and seven days later, on Apr. 19, he died. His death set the whole of Baltimore on fire. The Apr. 2015 riots saw hundred, if not thousands, of angry protestors take to the street, arguing against what they saw as police brutality.
Celebrities like Rihanna, Russell Simmons and more all reacted to the devastation and anger, with some throwing their support for the cause while condemning the destruction. With the announcement of Officer William G. Porter’s fate, Baltimore is on edge to whether or not they’ll see another destructive riot
Our thoughts go out to all those involved in this horrible situation.