Officer William Porter is the first police office to go to trial in the Freddie Gray case, and on Tuesday a Maryland judge ordered a deadlocked jury to continue deliberating.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said a note from the jury weighing the fate of Officer William Porter, 26, indicated it was unable to reach a decision after almost 10 hours of deliberations.
The seven women and five men were ordered to come to a decision by Williams. Porter faces four counts in his involvement in Gray’s death, that sparked protests in Baltimore this past summer.
Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
Gray was arrested after fleeing from police. He was put in a transport van, shackled and handcuffed, but was not secured by a seat belt despite department policy to do so.
Gray told Porter he needed medical aid. Porter told the van’s driver and a supervisor that Gray had asked for aid but none was summoned, according to testimony.
With a possible verdict coming any day now, Baltimore’s mayor activated its emergency procedures actions.
Out of an abundance of caution, I activated Baltimore City’s Emergency Operations Center at 10:00 a.m.
— Stephanie (SRB) (@MayorSRB) December 14, 2015