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Baltimore Jury Declares a Mistrial in Case of Cop Involved in Freddie Gray's Death

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On Wednesday, a jury in Baltimore was unable to reach a verdict in the case of William Porter, an officer on trial for manslaughter, assault and other charges in the case of Freddie Gray’s death.

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After informing the judge that they were deadlocked on Tuesday, the group of 12 realized that they were hung on all of the charges against Officer Porter, according to ABC News.

In addition to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault, Porter faces charges of reckless endangerment and misconduct. He has pled not guilty to all charges and is the first of six officers involved in Gray’s death to go before a jury.

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In April, Gray died in police custody after receiving a “rough ride,” meaning officers drove recklessly while leaving their passengers like Gray unbuckled and handcuffed in the back of a police van.


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They tried to reach a verdict for all of 2 days. I feel like that is some bullshit. (And honestly, how much did they really try after they came back saying they were deadlocked after DAY ONE?)

Mainly, I really hope they retry the case and that this isn’t a sign of things to come with all the other trials for this case. :/