The first police officer charged in the the Freddie Gray trial received some big news today. Is Baltimore going to go up in flames again with this news?
The first police officer charged with Freddie Gray’s death has walked free after the jury failed to deliver a verdict.
Officer William Porter, 26, was one of six cops charged with killing Gray, who broke his neck and died in custody in Baltimore in April.
However, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams declared a mistrial after a hung jury was declared on all four counts on Wednesday afternoon. Lawyers will meet tomorrow to set a new court date.
Protesters screaming their anger at the verdict outside the courthouse were seen being arrested on Wednesday.
The result will come as a major blow for prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, who drew international attention by charging six officers within just weeks of Gray’s death – a speedy decision that analysts now wonder could have been too quick to build a case.
Speaking outside court, Richard Shipley, Gray’s stepfather, said he is hopeful Porter will be retried.
‘We thank this hard-working jury for their service to the public, their quest for justice, their personal sacrifice of their time and effort. We are not at all upset with them, neither should the public be upset. They did the best that they could,’ he said.
Read more: Daily Mail