Jury Deliberation Begins In First Freddie Gray Trial
Monday, jury deliberation began in the Freddie Gray trial of William Porter, the first of six officers to be tried in Gray’s April death, WBAL reports.
25-year-old Gray suffered fatal spine injuries during a ride to a Baltimore police station after he was unlawfully arrested by Porter’s colleagues. Porter was not the arresting officer, but he was a part of the task force that transported Gray to the station.
As previously reported, Porter has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Porter’s trial began two weeks ago with three days of jury selection. Jurors must determine if Porter’s failure to strap Gray into the police van and to get him help after he was injured was a criminal act.
“Whatever the jury decides, we must all respect the process,” said Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake last week. “If some choose to demonstrate to express their opinion, that is their right, and we respect that right, and we will fight to protect it. But all of us today agree that the unrest from last spring is not acceptable.”
Rawlings-Blake is bracing for the civil disorder that may erupt in the city following the announcement of the verdict. An emergency operations center was opened on Monday as a precaution.