BALTIMORE, Md. – The judge has declared a mistrial in the case against a Baltimore police officer in the death of Freddie Gray.
Gray was arrested on April 12, and prosecutors say he suffered life-threatening injuries while in the back of a police van.
Authorities say Gray’s neck was broken while he was shackled and not wearing a seat belt.
He died a week later.
They say he should have called a medic for Gray sooner than one was eventually called and also should have ensured that Gray was wearing a seat belt.
Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
For convictions on some or all of the first three charges, he would face no more than 10 years in prison combined. There is no statutory maximum sentence for the fourth charge, misconduct.
In all, six officers have been suspended.
On Wednesday, a judge declared a mistrial because the jury appeared to be hung.
The city of Baltimore said it activated its emergency operations center Monday “out of an abundance of caution.
Last week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis cautioned the city to be respectful as the verdict gets closer.
“Whatever the jury decides, we must all respect the process,” the mayor said last week. “If some choose to demonstrate to express their opinion, that is their right, and we respect that right, and we will fight to protect it. But all of us today agree that the unrest from last spring is not acceptable.”
All six officers are being tried separately and consecutively.
Next up is the van driver, Caesar Goodson, whose trial is set to begin next month.
Goodson, a black officer who is the lead defendant in the indictment, is charged with the most serious offense, that of second-degree murder with a depraved heart.