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Freddie Gray

WYPR, WEAA and NPR collection of stories around the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

The trial of Officer William Porter ended in a hung jury Wednesday and not long afterward protesters took to the streets.

A Baltimore jury is deliberating again, a day after announcing a deadlock in case of the first police officer to stand trial over the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Braces For Verdict

Dec 17, 2015

The jurors in the trial of William Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers to face charges in the death of Freddie Gray, went home Tuesday night after telling Judge Barry Williams they were deadlocked. Williams told them to come back and try again. Meanwhile, the city of Baltimore braced for the verdict.

The jury started Monday deciding the fate of police Officer William Porter for his alleged role in the April death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.  Gray died from a broken neck he suffered while in the back of a police wagon.

While prosecutors have been putting police Officer William Porter on trial for the April death of Freddie Gray, defense attorneys have been prosecuting the operations of the Baltimore Police Department.

Closing arguments are set for Monday in Porter’s Trial.  He is facing several charges including involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office for Gray’s death from a broken neck he suffered while in police custody.

A former Baltimore cop, now a Virginia police chief, said Thursday police Officer William Porter did everything he could to help 25-year-old Freddie Gray; continuing the defense argument that Porter does not bear responsibility for Gray’s April death from a broken neck.

WYPR Coverage of Porter Mistrial

Dec 16, 2015
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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams declared a mistrial Wednesday afternoon after the jurors in the case of Officer William Porter said they were hopelessly deadlocked on all four counts against him.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that a report from a police think tank confirmed many of the same concerns the department had after unrest last April in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

The report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, said the department was hampered by poor planning and poor communication.

  Baltimore Police launched Monday their body camera pilot program by sharing how the program will go for the next 54 days.

At the end of the program, the department will award a contract in Feb. 2016 and begin assigning officers who are on patrol or have regular interactions with the public.

Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said a program will be fully implemented by 2018.

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About a third of all Americans have a criminal record; less than 5 percent for violent crimes. Those of us who don’t have records are probably aware of some of the consequences, like fines, probation, jail time and parole. We may not be aware of collateral consequences that affect employment, public assistance, housing and voting rights. For example, ex-felons earn about 40 percent less annually than non- felons.

Several new laws take effect tomorrow that could allow Marylanders with criminal records to expunge or shield from public view certain parts of them. One of the new laws would also allow actions that are no longer crimes, like possession of small amounts of marijuana, to be removed from peoples’ records.

With Sheilah to talk more about the new laws is Caryn Aslan, Senior Policy Advocate at the non-profit Job Opportunities Task Force. She’s spent years lobbying in Annapolis to adopt laws to make it possible for people with a record to remove those marks. Joining them is Danielle. She’s 37, has 7 children and a criminal record for an arrest that resulted in no trial and no conviction. The offense occurred during a domestic violence dispute in 2002. 

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