LI: Freddie Gray Trial Day 3: Officer’s Video Statement Played


From my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Today is day three (excluding two days of jury selection) of the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment following the in-custody injury and later death of community drug dealer Freddie Gray.

As part of the day's proceedings the jury heard a video recorded statement given by Officer Porter to investigators only 5 days after Gray's injury. Unfortunately, given the primitive nature of Baltimore's judicial system that actual recorded statement is not accessible to the public for independent assessment.  We must therefore rely on "journalism" to inform us.

The Baltimore Sun reports today that:

Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter told investigators that he saw no reason to call a medic for Freddie Gray, but was poised to take him to a hospital for treatment.


Porter said he knew Gray from prior interactions and that he had a reputation for being difficult to arrest. He said Gray seemed lethargic, but responded to questions and did not articulate a specific medical problem.

"I said, 'What's your deal, what's wrong with you. .. He doesn't say anything, just 'help,'" Porter told the investigators. Later, he said, "He doesn't ask to go to the hospital ... I offer, he says yes."

Yesterday, according to CNN, Police Instructor Alice Carson Johnson had testified that "If you recognize someone needs medical assistance, always call 911 or EMS.  A police officer is provided with the ability through appropriate training to make a determination if someone is in a medical emergency."

Upon cross-examination, however, she conceded that someone like Freddie Gray who is verbally complaining that they could not breath, and who was therefore necessarily speaking, most certainly must also be breathing.

To read the whole thing, click over to Legal Insurrection.