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Mistrial for William Porter, clear verdict on the Baltimore Police Department

Mistrial for William Porter, clear verdict on the Baltimore Police Department

Whether inaction by Baltimore Police Officer William Porter during the arrest of Freddie Gray amounted to a crime is a difficult question, and we were not surprised to see the jury in his trial struggle with it. Judge Barry Williams' decision to declare a mistrial after jurors failed to come to a unanimous decision on any of the four charges Mr. Porter faced no doubt will serve as a disappointment to those who wished for the verdict in this case to send a clear and unambiguous message.

What the trial revealed with great clarity, though, were the failings of the Baltimore City Police Department. We're not sure...

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