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Jury Begins Deliberation in Freddie Gray Trial for Officer William Porter

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On Monday, a jury began deliberating the fate of William Porter, one of the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray last April.

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Porter is accused of manslaughter and assault and is the first of six cops to head to trial over Gray’s death. During closing arguments, the prosecution pointed out that all Porter and his colleagues had to do was buckle Gray’s seat belt to save his life, according to The Baltimore Sun. Instead, no one did.

“They said Porter showed callous indifference when he failed to seatbelt Gray in a van, or call a medic when Gray said he wanted one. Criticizing a key defense argument, prosecutors said the fact officers often do not seat belt detainees is no excuse.”

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The defense argued that position wasn’t enough to convict Porter. Attorney Joe Murtha called the state medical examiner “unreliable,” NPR notes, saying the autopsy “does not explain… what happened to Gray.”

As the jury departed, Baltimore’s police department has suspended holiday leave “out of an abundance of caution” aka in case there are more protests due to the jury’s decision.


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Failing to buckle a detainee in IS no excuse. His defense mostly rests on the assertion that he never buckled anyone in (not once, they claim in his entire 160-or-whatever arrests he was involved in) in direct defiance of department policy. If your defense is 90% “Well, I was incompetent for a really long time before someone died,” it is a Bad Sign.