A Baltimore jury declared a mistrial in the case of the first police officer to stand trial over the death of Freddie Gray, whose injury in police custody sparked weeks of protests and fueled the nation’s scrutiny of how police treat black suspects.
Officer William Porter‘s trial was the first test of prosecutors’ case against six officers in a city struggling to rein in violent crime.
The case hinged not on what Porter did, but what prosecutors said he didn’t do.
He was accused of failing to get medical help for a critically wounded Gray and was charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The charges carried maximum prison terms totaling 25 years.
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