Richard Shipley, the stepfather of Freddie Gray, and William H. "Billy" Murphy, attorney for the Gray family, speak Wednesday evening about the mistrial in the case of Officer William Porter. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)
Freddie Gray's stepfather says his family is hopeful prosecutors will retry Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter and urged the public to remain "calm and patient" after a mistrial was declared Wednesday.
Gray's stepfather, Richard Shipley, thanked the jurors for their service and the "personal sacrifice" they made.
"We are not at all upset with them, and neither should the public be upset," Shipley said at a news conference outside the Baltimore courthouse Wednesday evening. "They did the best that they could."
Shipley said the family is hopeful that State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will retry Porter as soon as possible. He urged the public to be "calm and patient, because we are confident there will be another trial with a different jury."
"We are calm," he said. "You should be calm, too."
A 12-member jury on Wednesday informed Judge Barry G. Williams that it could not reach a verdict on any of the charges against Porter, which included involuntary manslaughter.
Porter, 26, is the first of six Baltimore Police officers to stand trial in the death of Gray. Gray, 25, sustained a severe spinal injury in the back of a police van after his arrest on April 12, and died a week later.
Family attorney Billy Murphy said that nationally, most hung jury cases are retried, and that a majority result in convictions.
"This hung jury does not mean it's the end of Officer Porter's case," Murphy said. "This saga is not over...It's just a bump on the road to justice. And you know the road to justice has a lot of bumps."