Freddie Gray Case | State vs Officer William Porter | Day 3



The trial of William G. Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, is poised to begin Wednesday after a 12-person jury of city residents is seated, according to court officials.

The panel’s selection and each side’s opening statements in the trial will come after two days of jury proceedings Monday and Tuesday, during which Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, prosecutors and defense attorneys questioned members of a 150-person jury pool in an attempt to weed out those deemed biased. The start of the trial in Baltimore also follows months of arguments from defense attorneys that a fair jury cannot possibly be seated in the city, given the high profile of the case and its impact on local residents.

Gray, 25, died from a spinal cord injury suffered in the back of a police transport van after being arrested April 12, prosecutors said. His death a week later sparked widespread protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by rioting, looting and arson. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake instituted a weeklong curfew, and Gov. Larry Hogan called in the National Guard. On May 1, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced a range of charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport.

Porter has pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The other five officers have also pleaded not guilty.

Attorneys for Porter and the other officers have argued that potential city jurors would not only have prior knowledge of the case, but could fear that acquitting the officers would cause more unrest. Prosecutors have said city jurors would have to be questioned to see if they could be fair, and Williams agreed.

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48 Responses to Freddie Gray Case | State vs Officer William Porter | Day 3

  1. Ametia says:

    Wonder how those 3 TERROTIST in San Bernadino, CA got away, after shooting and killing multiple people, and Freddie Gray didn’t live after begin roughed up, got severed spine, and DIED for looking at police

  2. No way on God’s green earth would I step over an injured or wounded animal & not give care or get medical help. #FreddieGray received NOTHING!

  3. Poor #FreddieGray. A severed spine and no one helped him. Shoulder & head slumped on bench. Not breathing. *tears*

    • Ametia says:

      DEPRAVED, SOULESS all of these cops. Protect & defend?! No protection was ever given to Freddie Gray, and now it looks like the only defending these MOFOs are doing is for themselves.

      It’s gut-wrenching what they did to Freddie

    • Liza says:

      They maimed and mutilated his body and he subsequently died from those injuries. And the cops did this for no reason other than they felt like f***ing with him. Same as the choking of Eric Garner. They may as well come out and say it. “We did this because we felt like it and we did not expect to be held accountable because we are cops.”

  4. Ametia says:



    Marilyn J. Mosby, right, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, arrives at courthouse East for the trial of police officer William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray.

    • Ametia says:

      Wonder if Porter gonna sing like a YELLOW-BELLIED CANARY against the other 2 cops.

      • Liza says:

        I hope so. I hope these cops become the equivalent of a circular firing squad. That is why we need trials instead of DOJ investigations and reports. There’s something about the prospect of a prison cell that makes a person think differently about loyalty and brotherhood and entitlement and whatever else bonds these folks.

  5. Ametia says:

    The fact that all these KILLER COPS are charged and stand trial is a shameful, criminal RACIST commentary of the USA justice system. Black folks have to protest, scream, and literally fight for the RIGHT to LIVE in this country.

    Do we ever see white folks roaming the streets with signs yelling for JUSTICE for the RIGHT to LIVE?

  6. Lizz Brown is in the courtroom. We know she’ll give us the details and excellent reporting.

  7. I want to see Marilyn Mosby in that courtroom. I want to see her in action.

  8. We have a Jury, folks!

    The Jury in trial of Officer William Porter

    5 black women
    3 black men
    3 white women
    1 white man

    3 white men
    1 black man

  9. Ametia says:

    So the jury has been picked?

  10. rikyrah says:

    Robert Lang @Reporterroblang 4m4 minutes ago
    BREAKING—#WilliamPorter Jury made up of 8 women, 4 men, 8 blacks, 4 whites. Four men are alternates, 3 are black 1 white.

    Robert Lang @Reporterroblang 3m3 minutes ago
    BREAKING—Initially, jury was picked, both sides had challenges left, & switched some jurors in one case black woman replaced w. white man

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