LI: Freddie Gray Trial Day 4: Medical Examiner Cross-Examined by Defense

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From my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Cross-examination of Medical Examiner Carol Allan, continuing from last Friday, was the highlight of this fourth day of the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter over the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. The officer is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors based these charges on their claim that Porter was negligent for not seat belting Gray into the police van following his arrest, a task the Baltimore Police Department did not officially require for all of it’s 160 year history until a few days before Gray’s injury. They also claim that Porter was negligent because of his alleged failure to seek medical care for Gray when the arrestee asked for help.

The defense argues that mere police regulations are not properly the foundation for felony criminal charges, and that Porter in fact showed concern for Gray’s welfare but did not perceive Gray to be seriously injured until later in the van’s travels to the police station, at which time Porter did request medical assistance.

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