Jury Deadlocked in William Porter Trial

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mitchell_courthouse1The jury deliberating whether to convict Officer William Porter reported they were deadlocked on Tuesday afternoon, according to the AP. The jurors went home at 5:30 p.m. without reaching a verdict.

After continuing deliberations that began Monday afternoon, the jurors informed Judge Barry Williams after 3:30 p.m. that they were deadlocked. Williams instructed the jurors to keep deliberating whether Porter was guilty of manslaughter and other charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

 

While a group outside the courthouse was the only protest activity in the city during the deliberations, it was clear officials were anticipating a reaction to the verdict. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis visited Mondawmin Mall, which was where the first riots started on April 27. In Druid Hill Park, WBAL reports police from outside Baltimore City were staging. The MTA, meanwhile, said it was prepared for diversions.

Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton sent a letter to parents and families that drew criticism from protesters for grouping “student walkouts” in with “vandalism, civil disorder and any form of violence” as things that are “not acceptable.” At the University of Baltimore, President Kurt Schmoke urged students to “be aware of the circumstances in which you find yourself” in the event of protests.

Deliberations resume at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.



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