The first officer to go on trial in the death of Freddie Gray took the stand on Wednesday as Porter’s lawyers began their defense.
According to CNN, Porter said he did not initially call for a medic because Gray didn’t ask for one, and he did see any signs of injury on Gray. When Gray was found unresponsive, that’s when he called for a medic. Contrary to witness reports, Porter said that Gray never said he was unable to breathe.
“I didn’t see anything externally, cuts or wounds,” Porter said, according to CNN.
Porter said he didn’t realize Gray was hurt until the police van’s final stop in its trip around West Baltimore on April 12. He also said he was unaware of a seatbelt police that required him to seatbelt arrestees in the van.
The defense’s first witness addressed the state medical examiner’s ruling that Gray’s death was a homicide. “It was just an accident and accidents happen,” said Vincent Di Maio.
Out of the courtroom, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for calm in the event of a verdict, calling for a reaction that is “one of respect.”
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