Officer William Porter, of Freddie Gray case, present as lawmakers consider police reform

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter was in Annapolis as a series of police bills were heard by lawmakers.

A Baltimore police officer facing charges related to the death of Freddie Gray was among hundreds of people in Annapolis Tuesday for a hearing on a series of bills related to police reform.

William G. Porter, dressed in a dark suit, stood quietly in the hallway of the Lowe House Office Building, outside of the hearing room where lawmakers spent hours hearing testimony on dozens of bills related to policing.

Asked if he was planning to testify, Porter shook his head.

"I'm here to witness democracy, much like yourself," he said. He declined to comment further.

Porter is one of six Baltimore officers charged in connection with the arrest and death of Gray, a 25-year-old West Baltimore man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody.

Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. A Baltimore judge declared a mistrial in December after jurors deadlocked on all four charges against him.

Prosecutors plan to re-try Porter; meanwhile, legal wrangling continues over whether Porter will be forced to testify against the other officers charged in the case.

The hearing also drew people with HBO credentials, as well as "The Wire" actress Sonja Sohn.

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