Yesha Callahan

William Porter, First Officer in Freddie Gray Case, Is On Trial

Officer William G. Porter/Courtesy of Baltimore Police

Officer William G. Porter/Courtesy of Baltimore Police

A jury is now hearing testimony in Officer William Porter’s trial in the death of Freddie Gray.

The jury, which consists of five black women, three black men, three white women, and one white man, while the alternates are three white men and one black man, will decide Porter’s fate.

Porter, 26, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Porter’s charges stem from his decisions not to seat-belt Gray in the back of the van despite his being handcuffed with shackles on his legs, and failing to provide him medical assistance when he requested it, prosecutors have said.

Porter has pleaded not guilty.

During this week’s testimony, prosecutors are focusing on the training the young officer received and the rules and procedures he is accused of not following.

Porter faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for the charges brought against him.

  1. December 4, 2015 - Reply

    There will be multiple trials. I assume that the prosecution wants the individuals on trial to tell their testimonies, so that they can go against each other. Frankly, I wish for all of the ones on trial to experience justice. The cops in this instance acted recklessly and cruelly towards a young black human being. Black Lives Matter.

    RIP Freddie Gray.

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