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Baltimore activist arrested outside courthouse after mistrial announced

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A Baltimore activist was arrested outside Courthouse East shortly after a mistrial was declared in the William Porter trial.

Joy Lepola reports that a well-known Baltimore activist who goes by Kwame Rose was arrested and brought into the courthouse. A line of Sheriff's Deputies in tactical gear then lined the sidewalk as a buffer between demonstrators and the courthouse building.

Rose was also arrested in September, during a pretrial hearing in the Gray case. It's unclear why Rose was detained Wednesday.

Jurors, who began deliberating around 2:30 p.m. Monday, announced a deadlock around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, their second during the trial.

After the first deadlock was announced on Tuesday afternoon, Judge Williams told the 12 men and women to continue deliberating. On Wednesday the judge said it was clear they could not reach a consensus.

"You are a hung jury," he said.

According to Reuters an administrative hearing will be held Thursday to schedule new trial. Porter will not attend.

Porter faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault/second degree and misconduct in office.

During the trial prosecutors painted him as an officer who showed "callous indifference for life [who] ... didn't take a few extra seconds to buckle [Gray] in." The defense argued Porter did nothing different compared to what another "reasonable officer" would do.



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