Jury Deadlocked in Freddie Gray Trial
Jurors are deadlocked in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore Police Officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
The judge overseeing the case has told jurors to keep deliberating.
The jury sent a note to Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Tuesday after deliberating for nine hours over two days in the trial of Officer William Porter.
Porter is the first of six officers to stand trial in connection to Gray’s death.
Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct.
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.
Meanwhile, armored vehicles and police are stationed around the city ahead of the jury verdict.
There are also reports of officers with helmets and shields.
Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith says officers from out town and tactical equipment will be used if “absolutely necessary”.