*(Via HuffPost) — A Maryland judge on Tuesday ordered a deadlocked jury to continue deliberating in the trial of a Baltimore police officer facing a manslaughter charge in the April death of black detainee Freddie Gray, which triggered rioting and protests.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said a note from the jury weighing the fate of Officer William Porter, 26, indicated it was unable to reach a decision after almost 10 hours of deliberations.
He ordered the jury of seven women and five men to keep trying. “Each juror has to decide for themselves,” Williams said with the panel in the courtroom.
He did not say whether the jury was deadlocked on a single count or on all four that Porter faces from the Gray’s death. Gray, 25, died from a broken neck sustained in the back of a police van.
Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Gray’s death triggered protests, arson and rioting in the majority black city of 620,000 people and intensified a U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.
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