Freddie Gray case: Jury to decide William Porter’s fate

By Carolyn Sung, Aaron Cooper and Mariano Castillo, CNN

Story highlights Police commissioner: “We refuse to surrender to the low expectations of those who wish to see us fail” Jury ends deliberations for the day, will resume work Tuesday morning William Porter is the first of six officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray Baltimore (CNN)Jurors ended their first day of deliberations Monday in the first of six trials related to the death of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a spinal cord injury in police custody in April. They are expected to resume their work at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Baltimore police Officer William Porter is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. If convicted, the officer faces a maximum sentence of 10 years or a minimum of probation. After they got the case, jurors sent back some questions. They asked for transcripts of police radio calls and Porter’s taped interview from April 17. They asked for definitions of “evil motive,” “bad faith” and “not honestly,” and they had some procedural questions, such as when they could break for the day and whether their room would be locked overnight. Read More 6 photos: Baltimore officers indicted 6 photos: Baltimore officers indicted Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., 45, drove the transport van carrying Freddie Gray. “Despite stopping for the purpose of checking on Mr. Gray’s condition, at no point did he seek nor did he render any medical assistance for Mr. Gray,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on May 1, 2015. Goodson, with the Baltimore Police Department since 1999, was indicted on charges of second-degree depraved-heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence), manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence), misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Hide Caption 1 of 6 6 photos: Baltimore officers indicted Officer Garrett E. Miller, 26, was one of three officers on bicycle patrol when Freddie Gray was arrested. Miller was indicted on charges of second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. During the arrest, Miller placed Gray in a restraining technique known as a “leg lace,” according to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Hide Caption 2 of 6 6 photos: Baltimore officers indicted Officer Edward M. Nero, 29, was on bicycle patrol and was involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Nero held Gray down until the transport van arrived and was involved in cuffing and shackling Gray. Nero, on the Baltimore police force since 2012, was indicted on charges of second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Hide Caption 3 of 6 6 photos: Baltimore officers indicted Officer William G. Porter, on the force since 2012, responded when Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who was driving the police van, asked for additional units to check on Freddie Gray. According to authorities, Gray told Porter he could not breathe. Porter allegedly asked Gray if he needed a medic. Gray said “yes” twice. The officer helped lift Gray to a bench but did not assess his condition or call for medical assistance, officials say. Porter, 25, was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Hide Caption 4 of 6 6 photos: Baltimore officers indicted Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41, was one of three officers on bike patrol who encountered Gray and subsequently arrested him. Rice, an officer since 1997, and the other officers failed to establish probable cause for Gray’s illegal arrest, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. Rice and two other officers handcuffed Gray and put shackles on his ankles. The officers placed Gray back on the floor of the wagon, face down. Rice was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Hide Caption 5 of 6 6 photos: Baltimore officers indicted Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30, an officer since 2010, was present during one of the stops to check on Gray’s condition. White and two other officers saw that Gray was unresponsive on the floor of the wagon. White spoke to the back of the prisoner’s head and when Gray did not respond, White allegedly did nothing, authorities say. She had been advised that Gray needed a medic but allegedly made no effort to assess his condition. “Despite Mr. Gray’s seriously deteriorating medical condition, no medical assistance was rendered or summoned for Mr. Gray at that time by any officer,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. White was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Hide Caption 6 of 6 /* jshint browser: true, node: false *//* globals jQuery, CNN */’use strict’;jQuery(document).ready(function () {var galleryAdSlide = new CNN.AdSlide(‘el__gallery’, false, CNN.contentModel.singletonFile);}); Earlier, the judge read instructions to the jury — made up of three black men, four black women, three white women and two white men — before prosecutors and the defense gave their closing arguments. With a verdict imminent, the city of Baltimore — which witnessed protests and unrest after Gray’s death — activated its emergency operations center “out of an abundance of caution.” Out of an abundance of caution, I activated Baltimore City’s Emergency Operations Center at 10:00 a.m. — Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) December 14, 2015 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.” Davis sent a letter to the police force on Monday, saying, “Regardless of the outcome of this trial or any future trial, we refuse to surrender to the low expectations of those who wish to see us fail. … We serve because we know so many good and decent Baltimoreans need us to stand in between them and crime, disorder, and chaos.” Baltimore police canceled leave for officers who had days off from Monday through Friday. Officers will be scheduled to work 12-hour shifts instead of the usual 10 hours. ‘How long does it take to click a seat belt?’ During closing arguments, prosecutor Janice Bledsoe argued that any officer in Porter’s situation would have called for medical assistance once Gray complained. “‘I need a medic,'” the prosecutor said, quoting Gray. “How long does that take? How long does it take to click a seat belt and ask for a medic? Is two, three, maybe four seconds worth a life? 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By Porter doing nothing and closing the doors of the wagon, knowing Gray was not OK, the prosecution said, "that van became his casket on wheels." 'An absolute absence of evidence' Then, it was the defense's turn. Defense attorney William Murtha, during his closing arguments, went through all of the witnesses who testified during the trial and said the state didn't meet its burden to prove its case, citing"the absence of evidence in this case, the absence of real evidence." Baltimore police officers break silence on riots, murder spike and Freddie Gray The prosecution's case was full of holes, he argued. "The state is asking you to insert facts into the blanks that don't exist," he told jurors. 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. Close to 300 protesters in Columbus, Ohio, attend a solidarity march for Baltimore on Saturday, May 2. People in cities across the United States have showed their support for protesters in Baltimore. Click through the gallery to see more: Hide Caption 1 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. Durmel Coleman, 23, marches as the flag bearer in a Philadelphia protest over the death of Freddy Gray on Thursday, April 30. Hide Caption 2 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. NBA star Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks marches with protesters from Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood to City Hall on April 30. Hide Caption 3 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. Protesters fill Union Square in New York on Wednesday, April 29, during a rally. Hide Caption 4 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. Demonstrators march with a police escort near Boston police headquarters on April 29. Hide Caption 5 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. People in Minneapolis march during a rally on April 29. Hide Caption 6 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. Police restrain a man during a "NYC Rise Up & Shut It Down With Baltimore" rally April 29 in New York. Hide Caption 7 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. Protesters rally in front of the White House April 29. Hide Caption 8 of 9 9 photos: Freddie Gray protests across U.S. Police officers carry a man away in Union Square in New York on April 29. More than 100 people were arrested during demonstrations, New York police said. Hide Caption 9 of 9 /* jshint browser: true, node: false *//* globals jQuery, CNN */'use strict';jQuery(document).ready(function () {var galleryAdSlide = new CNN.AdSlide('el__gallery', false, CNN.contentModel.singletonFile);}); It is hard for people to set aside their emotions, Murtha told the jury, but that is precisely what they are sworn to do. The defense made a big point of the fact that the law requires jurors to reach a verdict based on the "standard of a reasonable police officer." "There is an absolute absence of evidence that officer Porter acted in an unreasonable manner," he said. 'A nice (and) honest guy' On Friday, Porter's mother, Helena, described him as "a nice (and) honest guy." "He likes to keep the peace," she added. "He's the peacemaker." Baltimore police Capt. Justin Reynolds also testified for the defense, explaining that the "transporting officer" is responsible for those taken into custody. Porter was not the transporting officer in Gray's case. When Porter helped Gray onto a bench in the wagon during one of the stops that April day, he did more than he was required to do, according to Reynolds. "He went beyond what he could have and still kept within the policy," Reynolds testified. Porter, 26, has said Gray was kicking the inside of the police van en route to the station, and he had tried to kick out the window of a patrol car during an arrest a few weeks earlier. Report finds gaps in unrest preparedness Authorities say Gray broke his neck on April 12 while being transported in the police van, shackled but not wearing a seat belt. He died a week later. His death sparked outrage and demonstrations, some of which were plagued by arson, vandalism and looting, despite his family's pleas for peace. 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore Ma'lae Jones lives in Sandtown-Winchester, the same neighborhood in which Freddie Gray was raised. She is a kindergarten student at New Song Academy. "I want to be a ballet teacher" when I grow up, she said. The trial for the first of the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray is due to begin Monday in Baltimore. The death of Gray while in police custody sparked some of the most violent protests the city has ever seen. It's been seven months since Gray's death. We returned to Baltimore to photograph residents as the city works to make sense of the year's events. Hide Caption 1 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore Born and raised in Baltimore, Kondwani Fidel had a tough upbringing and knows what it means to lose loved ones to violence. Fidel is a substitute teacher and spoken word artist. His poems tell stories of a rough upbringing in Baltimore while attempting to inspire change. When using poetry to connect with students, "I used my story as a blueprint for them," said Fidel. Hide Caption 2 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore As the new police commissioner of Baltimore, Kevin Davis came into his role in the immediate aftermath of the unrest. This is a pivotal point for the city, said Davis. "People who find themselves in the midst of a historic moment don't always realize that they are in the midst of a historic moment," he said, "I realize that's where we are." Davis is starting by establishing relationships with various groups in the community to prevent the type of unrest the city experienced in April and May. Hide Caption 3 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore A 44-year veteran of Baltimore schools, Nancy Neilson, principal of New Song Academy, says there is something special about her current school. All of the students come from the immediate neighborhood in west Baltimore. Her students perform better than many of their counterparts, but unfortunately, it is not rare for them to be touched by the prevalent violence in the community. During the unrest earlier this year, "they were frightened because they didn't know what was going to happen," Neilson said. Hide Caption 4 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore Niamke Nnamdi graduated from high school last year, and he is ready for the next step. "I am joining the Army," he said. After taking entry exams, Niamke qualifies for almost any position in the Army. Hide Caption 5 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore "There was a sense of collective outrage about what happened to Freddie Gray that tapped into a deep well of despair," said William Murphy, the attorney for the family of Freddie Gray. He says the biggest lesson that Baltimore can take away from the year's events is "that you can only ignore a group of people for so long." Hide Caption 6 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore Former mayor of Baltimore, Sheila Dixon has emerged back into the spotlight after her 2010 resignation as part of a plea agreement in a criminal case. "I am beyond that," Dixon said, "That doesn't define who I am." Dixon says she is focused on rallying behind communities, addressing the dramatic rise in homicides and providing strong leadership. Neither Freddie Gray case nor the unrest that followed prompted the campaign, Dixon said. Hide Caption 7 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore A bartender at restaurant in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore, Lincoln Kosman remembers the days after the riots. During the citywide curfew, Kosman said residents looked out for each other, and people checked on their neighbors. "It's affected the city in a good way," he said. "People have come together." While the spotlight remained on Baltimore, Kosman said, "I really hope that we show we're a good city. I hope we do ourselves proud now that everyone is watching." Hide Caption 8 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore Kaleb Tshamba belongs to the historic Arch Social Club. More than 100 years old, the club has been traditionally African American and for males only. "We are one of the only historic black places left in Baltimore," Tshamba said. The club sits across the street from the CVS store that was burned during the April riot. Tshamba and other members of the club participate in the 300 Men March, which calls for a stop to violence. A sign on the front of the club's building reads, "We must stop killing each other." Hide Caption 9 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore Tyler Fullwood, 13, make A's and B's in school and wants to be a lawyer when he grows up. As the oldest of three siblings, Fullwood said he sometimes fears for the safety of his family and friends. "There was a shooting behind the school and a student almost got hurt," he said. Some parts of Baltimore are dangerous, but it's not all bad, he added. Hide Caption 10 of 11 11 photos: Faces of Baltimore Brittony McKenney had traveled around the world with the Navy by her mid-20s. Though she loved traveling, after six years, she said, "That was enough for me." Now McKenney is a year away from earning her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. "I thought coming back to Baltimore would taint my growth and the frame of mind I had," she said, "But it did the opposite. It enhanced me even more." Baltimore is rich with culture, compassion and

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