Yesha Callahan

Jury Deadlocked in First Freddie Gray Case



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.

  1. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    This development isn’t shocking. There was a diverse jury. The jury members didn’t agree on a verdict. The prosecution wanted the cops to turn against each other. Also, the driver of the vehicle will be on trial in 2016. We send our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Freddie Gray.

    RIP Brother Freddie Gray

    #Black Lives Matter.

    • December 16, 2015 - Reply

      Exactly Truth, you tried to have hope for justice but it is still the same wash, rinse and repeat of the outcome. Thoughts for the Gray family.

      • December 16, 2015 - Reply


        You’re correct Sister. The cop could plead the Fifth if the driver is one trial. Unfortunately, we have seen this story far too often. I’m concerned that these officers either will never be convicted or they will be given a slap on the wrist.

  2. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    he shouldn’t have been charged and put on trail in the first place this is just a political show trial.

  3. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    And the struggle continues. (Huge sighs)?

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