News Breaking: Mistrial In Freddie Gray Case

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  1. BethSucks

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    Baltimore (CNN)[Breaking news alert, posted at 3:50 p.m. ET Wednesday]

    The judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Baltimore police Officer William Porter after jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four charges against him.

    Porter was one of six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

    Prosecutors will decide whether to re-try the case.

    The judge told the prosecution and defense attorneys to appear in administrative court Thursday morning to set a new trial date.

    A defense attorney declined to comment, saying he was subject to a court gag order.

    Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby was in court when the mistrial was declared and looked visibly upset. Prosecutors appeared exasperated.

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement after the mistrial was declared.

    "This is our American system of justice," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement posted on her official Twitter account. "Twelve Baltimore residents listened to the evidence presented and were unable to render a unanimous decision. As a unified city, we must respect the outcome of the judicial process. In the coming days, if some choose to demonstrate peacefully to express their opinion, that is their constitutional right. I urge everyone to remember that collectively, our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighborhoods, and for the residents and businesses of our city. In the case of any disturbance in the city, we are prepared to respond. We will protect our neighborhoods, our businesses and the people of our city."

    [Previous story, posted at 1:53 p.m. ET Wednesday]

    Jurors considering the trial of a Baltimore police officer in Freddie Gray's death told the judge once that they were deadlocked. Time will tell if a third day of deliberations will bring a change.

    The jury resumed its talks Wednesday morning in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of six officers charged in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who broke his neck in April while being transported in a police van, shackled but not wearing a seat belt.

    Gray's death a week after his injury sparked demonstrations and riots and made him a symbol of the black community's distrust of police. The outcome of Porter's trial could have a domino effect on the other officers' cases.

    The jury on Tuesday afternoon told a judge that they'd been been unable to reach an unanimous decision on Porter's charges, but the judge asked them to keep at it.

    The jurors resumed deliberating around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and shortly before lunch asked the judge whether it could receive transcripts of testimony -- a request the judge denied, without elaboration. By that time, the jury had deliberated for nearly 14 hours of deliberations over three days.

    If the trial ends with a hung jury, prosecutors would have the opportunity to try the case again.

    "This would be a game changer," CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said.

    A hung jury may result in a decision to change the venue of the trial, she said, andcould affect the cases of the five officers who have yet to be tried, because prosecutors will have planned "to use a lot of this evidence against the [other] defendants."

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    Involuntary manslaughter among charges officer faces
    Gray's injury happened as he was being transported following an April 12 arrest. Prosecutors say Porter, one of three black officers charged in the case, was summoned by the van's driver to check on Gray during stops on the way to a police station.

    Prosecutors say he should have called a medic for Gray sooner than one was eventually called and also should have ensured that Gray was wearing a seat belt.

    Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

    For convictions on some or all of the first three charges, he would face no more than 10 years in prison combined. There is no statutory maximum sentence for the fourth charge, misconduct.

    All six officers have been suspended.

    Ready for unrest
    With a verdict possible this week, the city of Baltimore said it activated its emergency operations center Monday "out of an abundance of caution."

    Out of an abundance of caution, I activated Baltimore City's Emergency Operations Center at 10:00 a.m.

    — Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) December 14, 2015
    Last week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis cautioned the city to be respectful as the verdict gets closer.

    "Whatever the jury decides, we must all respect the process," the mayor said last week. "If some choose to demonstrate to express their opinion, that is their right, and we respect that right, and we will fight to protect it. But all of us today agree that the unrest from last spring is not acceptable."

    Baltimore police canceled leave for officers who had days off from Monday through Friday. Officers will be scheduled to work 12-hour shifts instead of the usual 10 hours.

    All six officers are being tried separately and consecutively. Next up is the van driver, Caesar Goodson, whose trial is set to begin next month. Goodson, a black officer who is the lead defendant in the indictment, is charged with the most serious offense, that of second-degree murder with a depraved heart.
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  2. Swedish John

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    Stealing flat screens for justice
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    I wish this could have held off til friday. Watching riot coverage and throwing back a few beers is better than the nfl
     
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    ever try that natty boh

    its kinda good kinda not good
     
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    As a Baltimore resident who has followed this case, The state fucked this up from the start. Over charging not doing real work to find out what really happened. Just a rush to please a lynch mob from the media and rioters in the streets.

    State couldn't prove the case and this was the one they thought this was the strongest one. The smart move would be to try to lower all charges against the other officers and not risk looking worse.

    Watching CNN and they are completely clueless on the facts of this case and "What the community wants". Clearly to the national media justice only means when someone is found guilty. Justice can't be if a officer is not found guilty. Such bullshit.
     
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    Today is my Friday, beer is cold and the .45 is loaded.....just in case
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    Better make room for destruction.
     
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    "Baltimore police canceled leave for officers who had days off from Monday through Friday. Officers will be scheduled to work 12-hour shifts instead of the usual 10 hours."

    I wonder if the black lives matter folk and protesters realize how much overtime pay they are giving to the officers. Just in time for the holidays!
     
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    This happened in the movie The Miracle On 34th Street! Yay! Everybody wins! :yay:
     
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    @baltimore mike this is your moment to make a boat load. Charge a premium to take looters to the riot in style.
     
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    So do we just sort of riot or what? I need to know because these moltov cocktails are starting to go stale.
     
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    Nope. The mayor told everyone to be respectful and Im certain those fine upstanding citizens will oblige.
     
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    Just in time for Christmas shopping!:yay:


    Also, 3 of those officers are racist. The other 3 are white. :c
     
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    The best riot pic I ever seen when this mob looted a McDonald's and people stole the frozen McNuggets. Guy was runnin down the street with a case of nuggets. Glass and loose nuggets everywhere. :jj:
     
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    One of the city's most beloved heroin dealers is dead. Of course you riot. Leave no library or elementary school standing.

    farcical post. Lest anyone thinks this was legitimate
     
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    Wow it's gettin rowdy on MSNBC
     
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    so does that mean no free stuff?

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