There has been an interesting turn of events in the case of Freddie Gray. Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old, African American male who died while in custody of the Baltimore police last spring. Freddie’s death was ruled a homicide by the State Medical Examiner’s Office because he was not secured correctly in the police van, which resulted in a fatal spinal chord injury. After Freddie’s death was ruled a homicide six police officers were charged with his murder. The six officers, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice, Edward M. Nero, Garrett E Miller, and Alicia D. White have plead not guilty and will be tried separately.
Officer William Porter was the first police officer to have his trial in December of last year, but it was declared a mistrial. However, while Porter waits for his retrial in June, he has been ordered to testify against officers, Caesar Goodson Jr., who was driving the van and Sgt. Alicia White, who found Freddie unresponsive but did not seek medical help.
The controversy surrounding Porter’s order to testify in his colleagues’ trial is that he may be incriminating himself. But the prosecutors cannot use anything Porter says in the other officers’ trials for Porter’s retrial in June. Porter’s defense attorney, Warren Brown, is not convinced and is seeking to have the ruling over turned. He told the Baltimore Sun:
No one wants to be in the position of being made by the government to give information that might impact negatively on themselves. It might open some doors here that might severely impact the right of people to get a fair trial in multi-defendant cases.
Caesar Goodson’s trial will begin jury selection next week. We’ll have to see how this trial plays out.
Do you think this is a fair ruling?