At the end of the month, the first of six Baltimore police officers charged with various crimes related to Freddie Gray’s death, will go to trial. Gray died a week after his April 12, 2015 arrest after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody. This is not a case of classic “police brutality.” No officer is charged with beating him and causing the injury; rather, the theory is based on omission–the failure to place a seatbelt on him and to render aid–among other allegations. William Porter’s trial is first; many believe he is the least culpable of the group. Read his indictment here. All the actions charged occurred between 8:30 a.m and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Officers on patrol saw something that raised their suspicions in a high crime, high drug area. Freddie Gray broke…

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