Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, and officials are taking no chances.
The Baltimore Police Department has taken extra precautions in order to be sufficiently staffed when the jury reaches a verdict in the case of William Porter.
All scheduled leave for police officers has been canceled this week “in order to ensure adequate staffing,” according to a police news release.
“The community has an expectation for us to be prepared for a variety of scenarios,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in the release.
The death of Gray while in police custody prompted citywide riots in April and led to a state of emergency being declared in the city.
There has only been a handful of protestors outside of Circuit Court during Porter’s trial.
Porter is the first of the six police officers facing charges in relation to Gray’s death.
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Do we know the jury verdict’s SPLIT?
This should tell us what we already know about the BIGOTS who sit on that jury.
Thank you to the jurors for holding out so #WilliamPorter can be retried.
Without a doubt, this is true.
Hung on all charges? A racial split. Bigots won’t convict regardless of evidence. They are the cancer on America.
Joel D. Anderson ✔ @byjoelanderson
An attorney following the case told me this, fwiw: “The longer the deliberation, the blacker the jury.” Take from that what you will.
Dakarai Turner ABC2 ✔ @Dakarai_Turner
State’s Atty Mosby leaves courthouse, visible look of anger on her face. No answers to reporter questions shouted her direction #PorterTrial
BREAKING: Mistrial declared in #PorterTrial. #FreddieGray
HUNG jury? WTF?!!!!!!!! This sounds like BLACK vs WHITE to me
Yeah, they deadlocked on all charges so this was definitely a racial split. Some folks on that jury do not believe that Freddie Gray deserves justice, and they choose to be deaf, dumb, and blind to the horrible mutilation of his body that resulted in death.
And, if you asked those mofos WHY they arrested Freddie Gray…they couldn’t tell you. …
BECAUSE THERE WAS NO FUCKING REASON.
10 MINUTES before encountered the police, he was a healthy man.
WHO WOUND UP DEAD WITH 80 PERCENT OF SPINE SEVERED.
So nervous. I didn’t sleep well last night. I kept waking up and thinking about the deadlocked jury. Praying for justice.
“If you hear the dogs, keep going.
If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.
If there’s shouting after you, KEEP GOING!”
Ha, I thought he would.
Breaking News: Jury deadlocked in #WilliamPorter Trial.
I can’t say this is what I expected, but I’m not surprised.
4 black women
3 black men
3 white women
2 white men
I would love to be a fly on the wall listening to their deliberations.
Not surprised, but someone’s in there voting for this murderer to get his.
Here we go, folks! We’re on verdict watch!
Shout out to Lizz Brown for her excellent reporting. She has been our eyes & ears in that courtroom. We thank her so much.