Maryland’s Highest Court on Tuesday ordered a Baltimore police officer to testify against his colleagues who were also charged with Freddie Gray’s death.
Baltimore’s police officer William Porter is set to testify against his colleagues who sort the death of Freddie Gray under the grant of limited immunity, which means that what he says can’t be used against him during his own trial, as the court ordered. The Court of Appeals gave no reason for the decision but said a statement would be made later.
Gray, 25, died last April from a fatal spinal injury suffered in police custody. His death sparked unrest in the majority black city and spurred a U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.
The court’s decision turned out to be a great step forward in a complex prosecution of a police officers’ misconduct.
Court’s decision has raised one very important legal question – whether the officer’s testimonies during co-defendants trials would violate his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself or not.
But David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, is sure that the trials’ transparency will make it able for the third persons to know whether the testimonies used during Porter’s trial were got independently or in violation of state law.
The past experiences of how issues are been handled by the law enforcement have left many in fear and anxiety, predicting the outcome at the end of the day.
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