National Guard, City Police prep for protests following Goodson trial verdict


    A verdict in the trial is scheduled to be announced Thursday morning at 10a.m., and as demonstrators are gearing up for protests, so are members of Maryland's National Guard. (@jlepolastewart on Twitter)

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Last week, groups of demonstrators began to gather in downtown Baltimore outside Courthouse East, where Officer Caesar Goodson was on trial.

    A verdict in the trial is scheduled to be announced Thursday morning at 10a.m. As demonstrators are gearing up for protests, so are members of Maryland's National Guard.

    "The Adjutant General wants to ensure that all members of the Maryland National Guard and their families are prepared in the event the Governor of Maryland should request our support," the National Guard wrote to members in an email.

    "In case the Governor calls us, we need to make sure were ready," said Col. Charles Kohler in the email.

    The Baltimore Police Department confirms it has been in contact with neighboring jurisdictions.

    "The police department is in a much better position than we were in April of last year," said BPD spokesman T.J. Smith. "And that's what most people want to know. Is it possible that we could see a repeat of April of last year? And we're continuously saying, 'No.'"

    City Police officer Caesar Goodson was driving the wagon that was carrying Freddie Gray when he sustained his fatal injuries. Goodson is the third officer to stand trial.

    Officer William Porter's trial ended in a mistrial, and Judge Barry Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero.

    Out of the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, Goodson faces the most serious charges.

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