Neighborhood Where Freddie Gray Arrested Apprehensive as Trials Begin

West Baltimore community says justice for Gray is a first step towards healing a community suffering from neglect and surge in violence

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MEGAN SHERMAN, TRNN: Monday marked the beginning of the jury selection process for the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore officers charged in the case surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in April of this year. Porter, who is African-American, has pleaded not guilty to the charges of assault, manslaughter, and reckless endangerment.

As protests took place outside of the downtown courthouse, Judge Barry Williams sifted through the pool of 75 potential jurors, most of whom are African-American, and have come into contact with the criminal justice system in some way in the past. The Real News spoke to some community members from West Baltimore where Gray was apprehended by police about their thoughts on the trial.

JIMMY: You know, it’s been a lot of violence lately, you know, dealing with our young brothers and sisters and stuff like that. And people do want justice. You know, and I just hope, you know what I mean, everything can be resolved in a way where it don’t lead to what happened recently.

SHERMAN: Others believe much more concretely that the officers should receive jail time.

TANEIRA PEELES: I feel like they should be in jail, because they was wrong. That whole situation was wrong. Because this man asked for help, and they didn’t help him. Especially the, I think it’s Officer Goodson. He–they said Freddie Gray asked him for medical help, and he never helped him. So he deserves to go to jail.

CHRISTIAN: End of the day you can, you can’t tell what justice is going to come out. Because it’s justice. Asking twelve people, random people, [inaud.] what’s really happened, what’s really going to happen, with his case. If it was me I’d say they’re guilty, because as far as what I heard it happened, it all started like, like how everything went down, it don’t sound like they add up.

SHERMAN: This is Megan Sherman reporting with the Real News Network.

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