BALTIMORE CITY NAACP PRESIDENT TESSA HILL-ASTON STATEMENT ON OFFICER WILLIAM PORTER DECISION
“Today the jury in the Officer William Porter trial in the death of Freddie Gray has made their determination. Hopelessly deadlocked, a mistrial has been declared and we wait on a decision by the prosecutor on what will happen now.
Whether you like the decision or not, the Baltimore City NAACP calls for frustration and anger to be controlled and the rights of all people respected, on all sides. “We must be guided by our own sense of what must happen next for Baltimore, guided by the tangible sense of frustration and anger held by so many city residents and guided by the fact that there remains five officers to stand trial for the death of Freddie Gray.”
Even with this verdict, what we do know is that the change has begun. Certainly no suspect will be placed in police wagons without someone being responsible for making sure they are buckled. The long practice of “rough rides” has effectively come to an end.
And the disconnected police culture and those who have benefited from it, the same culture that allowed for the tragic death of Freddie Gray to occur, has been put on notice that you will be charged for your actions and you will be held accountable.
The work does not end with this verdict or any verdict to come in the future. It is important that we spend our days and use our energy to create a city where the bridge that exists between the citizens and those who have sworn to protect and serve them is stronger. We must continue to do our part to help people make better choices and have increased options that allow them to live as contributing members of our society and we must always believe that justice will always triumph over wrong doing, even when that is not always as clear as we’d like.”
STATEMENT FROM GOV. LARRY HOGAN'S OFFICE
"The administration respects the legal process that is currently underway and will continue to monitor activity in the city."
ADVANCEMENT PROJECT RESPONDS TO MISTRIAL OF OFFICER WILLIAM PORTER
“Justice has been delayed. We are confident the State’s Attorney will not let power and privilege prevail over what’s right and just,” said Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of Advancement Project. “Police are not above the law. State’s Attorney Mosby must keep pushing for justice for Freddie Gray. His family and loved ones deserve it. They had to bury the broken body of their 25-year-old son, brother and friend. Young Black people must know their lives matter and our justice system must reflect that.”
“How many young Black people have to die at the hands of police before our legal system fully understands and acknowledges that Black lives hold more value than a badge and the power it represents? We say not one more.”
BALTIMORE BLOC RESPONDS TO MISTRIAL OF OFFICER WILLIAM PORTER
"Baltimore Bloc has repeatedly called for justice, which will only be served if Porter is convicted on all charges. We call on State’s Attorney Mosby to move quickly to retry Porter," said Michaela Brown, Communications Coordinator of Baltimore Bloc. "This is not over. Freddie Gray was treated as less than human and killed in police custody. Anything less than convicting Porter on all charges confirms that our criminal justice system does not value Black lives. The system is structured to protect those with privileges from those who lack it. There is no doubt that a conviction should have happened. We will get another day in court."