RE: Potential dates for Porter's second trial:
Attorneys are expected to appear in court Thursday morning in front of an administrative judge to pick a retrial date. Porter is not scheduled to attend.
It's unclear whether Porter's retrial will affect the trial dates for the other five officers, who are scheduled to be tried separately and consecutively beginning Jan. 6.
STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS
“It is my understanding that the jury in Officer Porter’s trial was deadlocked – unable to reach a unanimous verdict of either guilt or innocence on all four charges. This is why Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial.
“I have also been informed that the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office intends to retry Officer Porter. There will also be the trials of the other officers who have been charged.
“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.
“I commend Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in her efforts to pursue justice; the jurors for faithfully carrying out their civic duty; and all who have worked to ensure full and fair trials for each defendant involved.
“With the eyes of the world on Baltimore City, we must ensure that any protests that take place are peaceful, and we must ensure that the process of healing our community continues. We must continue to channel our emotions into strong, positive change, so that, as a city, we truly see our young men of color before it is too late.
“This is the road to more equal justice in our community.”
Update from Sun reporter Lorraine Mirabella:
City Councilman Brandon Scott, one of the co-founders of the 300 Men March, was on his way to coach middle school basketball when he heard the outcome. He reminded residents that the Porter trial is just the start of a “long process.”
“This is just the beginning,” Scott said. “This is not the end. There are five other cases.”
Scott called on residents – especially young people – who may be frustrated with the outcome to channel those feelings into positive work in their neighborhoods and community.
“There were so many people working to deal with all the issues that Baltimore needs to have corrected long before April,” he said. “Anyone – especially young people – who feels upset and angry, I call on them to join in with people working every day. These trials are just a part of these issues. They are not the only solution, and the work goes way beyond the justice system, way beyond six trials, way beyond Baltimore City and Maryland.”
He said he has heard from constituents that they expect a retrial.
“We have to respect the decision made by 12 Baltimoreans, and that the state’s attorney can’t come out with a statement because of a gag order on other trials, and we have to do our work in our neighborhoods, homes, churches and schools,” Scott said.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the administration has "worked hard for peace" with the community. "We cannot and will not be defined by the unrest of last spring."
Kevin Davis: Folks who choose to commit crimes and harm people are no longer protesters. You lose your ability to call yourself a protester when you harm people and destroy property.
"We respect the right of Americans to protest," Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says.
STATEMENT FROM THE STATE'S ATTORNEY FOR BALTIMORE CITY:
Due to the gag order that pertains to all cases related to Freddie Gray, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City is unable to make any comments.
STATEMENT FROM BRANDON SCOTT, BALTIMORE CITY COUNCILMAN
Today a the jury in the Officer Porter Case informed us all that they were not able to come to a unified decision on all charges. I expect for there to be protest and support anyone who wants to exercise their right! This trial and those that will follow are a part of a process that is a opportunity for Baltimore to heal and show the world how a community overcome challenges. Many have been committed to working for change on all issues that plague our city long before April's Unrest and I ask that all who want to see change join us in peacefully fighting for change.