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Mistrial Declared In Baltimore Cop Trial

December 16th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

A mistrial was declared Wednesday on all charges in the trial of Officer William Porter.

The jury could not come to an agreement on any of the four charges facing Porter, the first of six Baltimore officers to face charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Both sides will meet tomorrow to determine how the prosecution will proceed. If called in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the police van in which Gray suffered his fatal injury, and still facing charges, Porter could invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

Gray's death and the protests and civil unrest that followed drew national attention on issues of police misconduct, particularly in the context of other police-involved deaths of late in Cleveland, Chicago, North Charleston and New York.

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