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Manslaughter trial of Baltimore police officer begins

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 00:52

Opening arguments begin in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of a man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. Diane Hodges reports.

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Baltimore police officer William Porter enters the courthouse downtown for the start of his trial on charges that include involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Twenty-five year-old Gray died a week after he was taken into custody for fleeing from an officer and possessing a knife. Porter is accused of ignoring Gray's pleas for medical attention while in the police van, and that, says a local activist, was wrong. SOT: (Tessa Hill-Aston/President, Baltimore NAACP) "He said he was sick and he needed medical attention and he didn't get it when he should have gotten it." Court officials questioned 150 potential jurors before picking those to hear the case. One who was dismissed was Jeanette Payne. She says she was glad. SOT: (Jeanette Payne/Dismissed Juror) "It is a lot of stress. You're carrying someone's life in your hands." If convicted, Porter faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Manslaughter trial of Baltimore police officer begins

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 00:52