Jury Selection Starts for Officer Involved in Death of Freddie Gray

Jury selection began Monday for an officer involved in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. 

Officer William Porter is the first of six officers to go on trial for the death of Gray. 

Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. 

Prosecutors say Porter checked on Gray several times, but ignored his cries for help in the back of a police van. 

Gray died of a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody in April. 

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby says it was the 45-minute ride, unbuckled in the back of the police van, that caused Gray’s death. 

Six officers were indicted in connection to his death. 

Gray’s death sparked weeks of rioting and protests in Baltimore that left more than $9 million in damages to the city. 

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