Trial of First Officer of the Baltimore 6 Continues
William Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is the first of 6 Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Porter’s attorneys have stated that he will testify, although that can change.
Tuesday morning, jurors heard from an expert of police procedures who said officers have an obligation to seat-belt arrestees and get them quick medical attention. Dr. Michael Lyman, a professor of criminal justice at Columbia College in Missouri, testified for the prosecution that police officers who arrest a suspect have a “shared responsibility” to make sure that person is secured in the back of a police transport wagon. If the person complains of injuries, officers should immediately determine where the nearest hospital is and take the arrestee there.
Also on Tuesday, a crime scene technician, a crime lab serologist and a DNA expert each testified about their role in collecting and analyzing Freddie’s blood found in the back of the transport wagon.
Crime lab technician Thomas Wisner testified about his role in taking suspected blood samples and a seat belt from the police van that transported Freddie Gray following his arrest. Serologist Virginia Cates said stains on the van’s walls and seat belt tested positive for blood, which DNA analyst Thomas Herbert said matched that of Freddie.
We shall continue following the trial and post updates in the comment section below. The trial is not livestreamed, and reporters are not allowed to have electronic devices in the courtroom. Therefore, we are following the news mostly on Twitter and with news reports at the end of the court day.
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