Retrial Set For Baltimore Cop Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death
After a mistrial, Baltimore Police officer William Porter will be re-tried in June.
12/21/2015 02:32 pm ET
A Baltimore judge has scheduled a new trial date following the mistrial of one of six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.
William Porter’s first trial ended in a hung jury last week.
His new trial is scheduled to begin June 13. The other five officers will be tried before that, beginning next month.
Porter faces manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Gray died April 19, a week after he suffered a broken neck in the back of a police transport wagon. Prosecutors say Porter is partially responsible because he didn’t buckle Gray into a seat belt or immediately call for an ambulance when Gray indicated he needed medical attention.
This is important. Because, continuing the cause for Justice for Freddie Gray IS important.
And, it’s important, because I want people to understand what a prosecution that WANTS to do the right thing looks like.
It looks like Marilyn Mosby and her department in Baltimore.
We find out about the re-trial of Porter the SAME day that we hear from Texas that there will be no indictment of anyone in the MURDER of Sandra Bland.
I will contend that there is no indictment, because we have yet, another example of a prosecutor’s office that NEVER INTENDED TO GET JUSTICE FOR MS. BLAND. And, only went through the farce of pretending in order to say, ‘ oh well, they didn’t indict- we’re helpless.’
Because, that is what happens, time after time, with the police murdering Black people in their custody. You have prosecutor’s offices who co-sign the murders by pretending to do work, but, in fact, do nothing.
THAT is why what Ms. Mosby did in Baltimore is so important.
And, why we MUST HAVE HER BACK!
Because, she’s up against a whole lot of evil that wants to keep the status quo, and saw nothing wrong with a man, who was perfectly healthy, 10 minutes before he ran into police, that arrested him for a charge that they STILL can’t explain -winds up dead with 80 PERCENT OF HIS SPINE SEVERED.
So, thank you, Ms. Mosby. We see you trying to fight for justice, and we appreciate it. We know it’s a lonely road, but it’s the right road.