Baltimore police officer William Porter was one jury vote away from being acquitted of the most serious charge — involuntary manslaughter — in his trial last month in the death of Freddie Gray.
Porter, 26, was the first of six officers to go on trial in the case. In addition to involuntary manslaughter, he faced charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office for his role in the April 12 arrest of the 25-year-old Gray. The known drug dealer was handcuffed and placed without other restraints in the back of a police van. He sustained a head and neck injury during the van ride and died a week later.
His death touched off riots in Baltimore and nationwide protests over police brutality.
Porter, who joined the force in 2012, first encountered Gray after the driver of the police van, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., called him for assistance. Prosecutors alleged that Porter failed to properly restrain Gray and declined to provide medical assistance when Gray asked for it.
But jurors could not agree on any of the charges, forcing judge Barry G. Williams to declare a mistrial. Porter is scheduled to be re-tried in June.
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