The trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray, official begins today.
Porter is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in relation to Gray’s death in police custody on Sunday, April 19. He was not present during Gray’s arrest, as he was later called to join the arresting officers in the van where the 25-year-old detainee had suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Gray allegedly asked Porter for medical attention twice, but both requests were denied.
On Monday, Nov. 30, a pool of 75 potential jurors was questioned by Judge Barry Williams. A second pool of 75 was questioned by Judge Williams on Tuesday, Dec. 1. In both cases, every person present knew of the Freddie Gray case. Two of the potential jurors questioned on Tuesday claimed they knew Gray before his death.
Many suspected that the jury selection process would take some time considering the Gray case’s notoriety. However, 12 jurors and 4 alternates were announced on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The jurors consist of five black women, three black men, three white women and one white man. The alternates include one black man and three white men.
Both the prosecution and Porter’s defense team will make their opening statements later today.
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