Porter was charged with manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray. In April, Gray was arrested by Porter and five other officers. Porter did not properly secure Gray’s body and a van and he suffered a broken neck and a severe spinal cord injury before eventually dying from the abuse.
Gray’s death led to city-wide protests in Baltimore that included vandalism and looting. Baltimore’s D.A. Marilyn J. Mosby charged the officers in the death and Porter was the first to of to trial. The majority-black jury consisted of seven woman and five men. The deliberated for hours until the judge declared the case a mistrial.
Porter is currently free, but Mosby could attempt to retry him by presenting a stronger case. City officials are asking for peaceful demonstrations although protests involve a case that didn’t end peacefully.