BALTIMORE (AP) – The latest on the trial of a Baltimore police officer who is charged with manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was injured in the back of a police transport van (all times local).
The defense has rested in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
Defense attorneys rested their case Friday after calling 12 witnesses over three days, including the defendant, William Porter.
Porter testified he spoke to Gray at two of the stops made by a van that carried Gray in handcuffs and shackles. Porter says Gray indicated at the fourth stop he needed medical care. Porter says he didn’t see any injuries but told the driver and a supervisor that Gray wanted to go to the hospital.
Instead, Gray was taken to a police station, arriving with a broken neck.
Prosecutors say Porter was negligent for failing to call a medic and failing to buckle Gray in.
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A Baltimore police captain says officer William Porter did nothing wrong and even went above and beyond his responsibilities as an assisting officer on the day that Freddie Gray’s neck was broken in the back of a transport wagon.
Capt. Justin Reynolds, testifying as an expert witness in police training and policies, noted that Porter assisted Gray from the wagon floor to the bench, asked him if he needed medical help and suggested that wagon driver Caesar Goodson take him to the hospital. He said Porter’s actions “go beyond what many officers would have done.”
Porter is on trial facing manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Gray’s death on April 19, a week after he was injured in the transport wagon. Prosecutors say Porter was criminally negligent for ignoring departmental policy requiring officers to seat belt prisoners, and for failing to call a medic immediately after Gray indicated he needed aid.
Three character witnesses testifying in the manslaughter trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter say he is an honest, truthful and peaceful man.
They were the first witnesses called Friday, the 10th day of Porter’s trial and the third day of defense testimony.
Porter is the first of six officers to stand trial on charges stemming from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died April 19, a week after his neck was broken during a 45-minute ride in the back of a police transport van.
Prosecutors say Porter, who also is black, was criminally negligent for ignoring policy requiring officers to put prisoners in seat belts and for failing to call a medic immediately after Gray indicated he needed aid.
Baltimore police officers testifying in the trial of a colleague charged in a prisoner’s death say officers rarely put seat belts on people they transport in the department’s wagons.
The officers testified Thursday in the trial of William Porter, one of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
Officer Michael Wood told jurors that of the roughly 100 arrests he’s been a party to, he’s never belted in a prisoner or observed another officer buckling in a detainee.
Gray died on April 19, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a transport wagon. Prosecutors say Porter was criminally negligent for ignoring policy requiring officers to seat belt prisoners, and for failing to call a medic immediately after Gray indicated he needed aid.
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