BALTIMORE – The latest on the trial of a Baltimore police officer who is charged with manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was injured in the back of a police transport van (all times local).
Three character witnesses testifying in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer William Porter say he is an honest, truthful and peaceful man.
They were the first witnesses called Friday, the 10th day of Porter's trial and the third day of defense testimony.
Porter is the first of six officers to stand trial on charges stemming from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died April 19, a week after his neck was broken during a 45-minute ride in the back of a police transport van.
Prosecutors say Porter, who also is black, was criminally negligent for ignoring policy requiring officers to put prisoners in seat belts and for failing to call a medic immediately after Gray indicated he needed aid.