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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