(CNN) – The trial of the first Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray ended with a hung jury this week. There are questions as to whether a retrial will be called. And with other trials scheduled, the prosecutor who brought the charges is coming under fire.
It was just seven months ago when a confident Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray; “I have heard your calls for no justice, no peace, however your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.”
The 35 year old’s decision to charge one of the officers with second degree murder surprised some and suddenly put the youngest elected state attorney in the country in the national spotlight. Mosby said, “I looked at a criminal justice system that has historically and disproportionately affected so many communities of color, and I wanted to reform that system.”
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Gray was arrested April 12th and broke his neck while being transported in a police van. One week later the 25 year old was dead. The community reacted with weeks of protests and looting as the City of Baltimore was placed under a National Guard curfew.
Mosby helped restore peace and a sense of justice when she decided to bring a case against the six officers. Vogue magazine called her a “national figure” and “a portrait of self-control.” And the Boston College Law School Magazine described her as “the prosecutor who quieted a troubled city.”
Mosby said, “As a prosecutor you should not bring charges if you don’t believe you have probably cause that these individuals are responsible for the charges.” But after a hung jury in the case of Officer William Porter, the once confident state attorney is now under mounting pressure.
Mistrial Protester said, “I’m terrified! Are we going to have 5 more mistrials?”
Andy Alperstein said, “There are people that are gonna say that she overcharged the case, that she can’t get a conviction…I think this is a defining case. There is no question that she will be defined by this case for the rest of her career.”
Mosby isn’t commenting, the case is under a gag order.
Billy Murphy said, “I’m a hundred percent sure there will be a retrial. I don’t think she’s gonna take this setback lightly.”
No date’s been set for a retrial in the porter case. The next officer scheduled for trial is Oscar Goodsen, on January 6th.