In the murder trial of the third officer involved with Gray’s death, prosecutors allege that Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. gave Gray a rough ride and drove erratically while transporting Gray to jail after his arrest in April 2015.
Their questioning of Officer William Porter hoped to show the jury that Goodson ignored departmental procedures and did not seek medical help for Gray.
Goodson, one of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray’s death, is accused of second-degree depraved heart murder among other charges. Goodson’s attorneys argue, however, that Grey was responsible for his own injuries.
During his two-hour testimony, Porter reported that Goodson was not around after driving Gray to the Western District Station. He added that Goodson could have been dealing with a second detainee, but he remembers Gray as being unresponsive in the back of the van.
Porter responded to assist Goodson during Gray’s transport on the fourth of six stops the transport made. He found Gray lying on the van’s floor and helped him onto a bench.
According to the medical examiner, Gray was fatally injured buy modafinil pharmacy between the second and fourth stops.
During his questioning, prosecutor Michael Schatzow emphasized that leaving Gray alone violated police procedure. He read from a statement from Porter in which he had told Goodson during Gray’s transport that he should be brought to a hospital.
As reported in The Huffington Post, when Porter was asked if Goodson agreed, his answer was simply “Sure.”
Porter himself was tried for manslaughter in Gray’s case. His case resulted in a hung jury, and he faces retrial in September.
In order to prevent any police misconduct, cities in upstate New York are also looking into implementing body cameras into their police forces.
Considering that 77% of officers believe body cameras are more effective than dash cams, Syracuse, Rochester, and Albany are all going to lengths to bring these security measures into their cities.
In May 2015, President Obama announced that the federal government would put aside tens of millions of dollars for police departments to buy well-needed police body cameras. Rochester and Albany were approved for a section of the grant.
Syracuse’s grant application was denied; critics say that a lack of professionalism in the grant writing process led to this denial.