After a judge declared Officer William Porter‘s trial for the death of Freddie Gray to be a mistrial, members of Gray’s family appeared before the media to urge the people of Baltimore to remain calm.
Gray’s case was the center of riots and protests for social justice when the 25-year-old was found dead shortly after being taken into custody by Porter and other police officers earlier this year. While the jury was deadlocked and failed to reach a decision, Gray’s stepfather, Richard Shipley, offered them thanks for their service to the public, and expressed hopes that Marilyn Mosby‘s re-trial of Porter will lead to a more certain result in the near future.
“We are not at all upset with them and neither should the public be upset. They did the best that they could,” Shipley said. “We ask the public to remain calm, patient, because we have confidence there will be another trial with a different jury. We are calm, you should be calm too.”
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also asked the public to keep demonstrations peaceful in a press conference yesterday; reports indicate that gatherings generally remained orderly over the past few days.
“I hope the world sees that not all places are transparent and Baltimore is not the way it was conveyed,” one marcher said, in a report from CBS.
Bill Murphy, the Gray family attorney, said in an interview yesterday with Greta Van Susteren that even though the prosecution might not have completely conveyed the burden of proof, they still expect that the case will eventually be resolved in their favor.
Watch above, via WBAL.
[Image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org