Some ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters are already threatening to stage riots in Baltimore after a mistrial was declared in the Freddie Gray case.
Jurors told a judge today that they could not reach a verdict in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. A retrial date is expected to be set tomorrow.
Baltimore was gripped by days of rioting at the end of April in response to the death of Gray, who died while in transport in a police vehicle. During the unrest, over 300 businesses were damaged and 27 stores looted, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency and the deployment of the National Guard.
Although community leaders are appealing for calm after the announcement of the mistrial, with a heavy police presence currently out in force, some ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters immediately took to Twitter to call for more unrest.
— Jayrome Williams (@BrotherTooTurnt) December 16, 2015
— Jamaal Williams (@RUthIess187) December 16, 2015
— Jayvon Tyshawn (@darealmvpnigga) December 16, 2015
What the fuck. Baltimore better riot tonight. #FreddieGray
— tiffany (@TheBlondePrizzi) December 16, 2015
— the king (@niggasrise) December 15, 2015
— Here, Snark! #1 Band (@HereSnark) December 16, 2015
— Fred Guess (@Wilphred) December 16, 2015
— Genuine__Dreadhead (@__fvcku_itztheo) December 16, 2015
About be another riot #FreddieGray
— not to lightskin too (@Mermaidbrebre) December 16, 2015
WE DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT THE OUTCOME OF THIS TRIAL!! The judicial system is BS!! #FreddieGray
— India (@TooMuch4ya_87) December 16, 2015
Some public buildings closed early in order to prepare for potential disorder.
— Karl Ferron (@lightforall) December 16, 2015
Tension could build later in the evening as people return home from work and learn about the mistrial.
Theme from people being interviewed say tension could increase as people get off work & hear abt decision pic.twitter.com/VxOkTMIU1X
— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) December 16, 2015
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) December 16, 2015
Back in September, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake acknowledged that a taxpayer-funded $6.4 million dollar payout to the family of Freddie Gray was partly a measure to prevent further riots.
During a press conference held a day after riots first hit Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake admitted that she directed authorities to provide “those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” In other words, police were ordered not to stop looters and violent mobs.
It was subsequently confirmed that cops were told not to protect private property, contradicting Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts’ claim that no stand down order was given.
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