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Kerik on Freddie Gray Mistrial: 'Keeping the Peace in Baltimore' Most Critical


By    |   Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 05:54 PM

Despite a mistrial Wednesday in the first of six trials of Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, "the focus should be on keeping the peace in Baltimore," former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV.

"Letting people get out there if they want to protest — they do it peacefully," Kerik, who oversaw the city's forces during 9/11, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "But they can't destroy property, they can't attack people — and they can't act like they have in the past."

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Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams declared a mistrial in the trial of city police officer William Porter, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter and three other charges in Gray's death in April.

The jury of seven women and five men told Williams that they could not reach a verdict after nearly 16 hours of deliberations.

Porter is the first of six officers to be tried in the death of Gray, 25, from a broken neck suffered while he was transported in the back of a police van.

Gray's death triggered protests, rioting and arson in the majority black city of 620,000 people and intensified a U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.

Both Kerik and Ron Hosko, former FBI assistant director, told Hayworth that the mistrial would most likely cause Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to re-think her strategy for future cases.

"This should maybe chill Marilyn Mosby's posture moving forward because this may be the first step in the unraveling of this case," Hosko said. "We, as citizens, have to respect the criminal justice process."

Kerik slammed Mosby's tactics during the trial.

"We heard that she was going to put a witness on the stand that was in that van with Freddie Gray," he told Hayworth. "They never produced that witness, to my understanding."

"What was the case really like? Why was there a mistrial? These are things that Mosby's going to have to look at going forward."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Despite a mistrial Wednesday in the first of six trials of Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, "the focus should be on keeping the peace in Baltimore," former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV.
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