Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial Wednesday afternoon after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on charges against Officer William Porter in the death of Freddie Gray. After the mistrial was declared, protests grew to around 75-100 activists downtown around the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse and City Hall. Protests were peaceful, according to the Baltimore Police Department, which did not report any arrests. The Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office did take at least two protestors into custody outside the courthouse shortly after the verdict was announced—no word, however, on any charges in those cases.
Prosecutors from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office are scheduled to meet with Judge Williams Thursday to discuss a potential new trial date for Porter, charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office related to the death of Gray last April. One or more scheduling conferences in his Williams’s chambers with the attorneys are expected Thursday, according to communication officials from the Maryland judiciary system.