Activists in Baltimore fought to keep the trial of Officer William Porter for his alleged part in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore where the jury would to be made up of Baltimore’s citizens … a true jury of his peers. They got what they wanted and Officer Porter was tried in Baltimore. However, the result was not what they wanted. The trial resulted in a hung jury! Of course the activists do not like this result and vow it is not over.
Prosecutor Mosby was present in court when the mistrial was declared and she was visibly upset. She’d had planned to use testimony from Porter in their cases against the other officers and therefore is surely quite exasperated at having her grand political agenda thwarted.
“They didn’t offer him immunity. So now, they are in a situation where they have this charged defendant hanging out there, and they can’t force him to testify against these other officers,” CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said. “And so, I think that this is, in many respects, a game changer for this prosecution.”
Prosecutors are in “serious trouble,” CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.
“A hung jury is a defeat for the prosecution, especially when they needed Porter to make some of these other cases,” Toobin said. “Now, it’s not impossible that at least some of these other cases can go to trial without Porter, but his testimony was going to be important.”
So … protesters in Baltimore will continue to call police officers racist and march in the streets chanting, “No justice, no peace” and, “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.” I guess what this really means that these activists define justice as getting what they want … whether it is right or wrong!