(BALTIMORE) — The streets of Baltimore were calm overnight Wednesday as activists urged peace and healing after the announcement of a mistrial in the trial of police officer William Porter.
People gathered across the city overnight to protest over the decision, but it remained largely peaceful.
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for calm after the decision was announced Wednesday afternoon.
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) December 16, 2015
“In the coming days, if some choose to demonstrate peacefully to express their opinion, that is their constitutional right. I urge everyone to remember that collectively, our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighborhoods, and for the residents and businesses of our city,” she said.”
Porter was charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, facing four charges: second-degree assault, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges, as have the other five officers charged in connection with the death.
It’s unclear whether the state will pursue a retrial of the cop, William Porter.
Gray died in April from a severe spinal injury while in custody after being arrested when he fled from the police. Porter allegedly failed to get medical help for Gray as the transport vehicle carrying the suspect made several stops in Baltimore after picking him up on the way to the police station.
Congressman Elijah Cummings, whose district includes a portion of Baltimore, released a statement about the mistrial and urging people to “ensure that the process of healing our community continues.”
“I know that many of my neighbors have been following this trial closely, and many may be disappointed by today’s outcome. Each of us will continue to struggle with the very raw, very real emotions the death of Mr. Freddie Gray invokes,” he said.
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