HUNG JURY: Judge Declares Mistrial in Freddie Gray Case

After more than 16 hours of deliberations over the course of three days, Judge Barry Glenn Williams has declared a mistrial in the case of Officer William Porter, 26. The jury consisted of four Black women, three Black men, three white women and two white men and could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the charges against Porter.

Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

Gray was arrested in April and endured a “rough ride” at the hands of Porter and five other officers. He was not secured in the back of the police van and was denied medical assistance when he asked. He suffered a spinal cord injury and succumbed to his injuries several days later.

It is currently unknown whether the prosecution, which has been under scrutiny for trying the case so quickly, will retry Porter at a later date.

The prosecution put heavy emphasis on Porter’s failure to secure Gray in the back of the police van. The defense, meanwhile, described Porter as a “reasonable officer” and said that not fastening seatbelts of suspects is a common practice by Baltimore police.

Earlier in the day, the jury requested a transcript of witness testimony, although which witness was not clear. The judge denied this request.

The judge also denied the defense’s motion to move the trial outside of Baltimore. Porter’s team did not believe he would receive a fair trial in Baltimore due to the massive media coverage the case has received since Gray’s death in April.

Prior to the announcement of the verdict, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had called for calm in the city regardless of the trial’s outcome. Following the verdict, she asked for the same thing:

“This is our American system of justice,” she said in a statement via Twitter. “Twelve Baltimore residents listened to the evidence presented and were unable to render a unanimous decision. As a unified city, we must respect the outcome of the judicial process. In the coming days, if some choose to demonstrate peacefully to express their opinion, that is their constitutional right,” she said. “I urge everyone to remember that collectively, our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighborhoods, and for the residents and businesses of our city.”

But demonstrations began immediately after the announcement. Just outside the courthouse, a protestor announced the verdict and said, “Justice has not been served.”

Demonstrators responded with cries of, “No justice, no peace!” and “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray!”

The defense and prosecution will meet in court again tomorrow morning to set a new trial date.

Latest News

Abraham Lincoln High School

San Francisco School Board Forced to Abandon Controversial Plan to Rename Schools Honoring Historic Figures

The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education drew nationwide attention earlier this year over its announcement to change the name of 44 schools “named after figures with disputed historical relevance.” And now, following widespread public condemnation and a vote of members, the board has decided it will no…

Park Cannon

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Park Cannon, Georgia Representative Arrested For Protesting State’s New Racist Voter Restriction Laws

Reaction to Georgia’s restrictive and anti-Black voter disenfranchisement policies continues to stir up controversy. Major League Baseball pulled their wildly popular 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta and moved it to Denver to show their disappointment with the decision. Georgia-based companies like Delta and Coca-Cola have also announced their disapproval of…

Dow Receives Five 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Awards

Originally published at Dow ranked No. 22 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020.   Dow has been recognized with five Manufacturing Leadership Awards by the Manufacturing Leadership Council, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers. The awards are given to individuals and projects…

Dow Wins With Product Performance and Sustainability at the Leading 2021 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards

Originally published at Dow ranked No. 22 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020.   Dow clinched two notable product wins for superior performance and wide application at the 2021 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards in the Plastics Raw Materials & Additives category: Dow’s Post-Consumer Recycled…

BASF Presents Roadmap to Climate Neutrality

Originally published at BASF ranked No. 14 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020.   BASF is setting itself even more ambitious goals on its journey to climate neutrality and wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Based on the most recent progress in developing…