Jury Deadlocked in Freddie Gray Hearing
Jurors in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray say they’re deadlocked, but the judge overseeing the case has told them to keep deliberating.
The jury sent a note to Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Tuesday afternoon after about nine hours of deliberations over two days in the trial of Officer William Porter.
He is the first of six officers to stand trial on charges stemming from Gray’s death in April.
Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct. Prosecutors say he should have buckled Gray in and called a medic after the 25-year-old prisoner asked for help.
Porter’s lawyers say he’s not to blame for Gray’s death.
Armored vehicles and police are being stationed around the city ahead of any verdict from the jury in the trial of Officer William Porter.
He is the first officer to go on trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Maryland State Police had troopers and large vehicles, including a Humvee, in a park Tuesday afternoon near The Maryland Zoo. There were also reports of officers with helmets and shields.
Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith told The Baltimore Sun that the images are “not the visual that we want to portray.” He says there is no reason for officers to don their equipment at this point and police wanted to keep “assisting agencies” out of sight, rather than “raise anxieties.”
He says officers from out of town and tactical equipment will be used only “if absolutely necessary.”
Gray died after he was injured in the back of a police wagon. His death spurred protests and the city endured rioting at one point.
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