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Baltimore officer to be retried in June over Freddie Gray’s death

Baltimore police Officer William G. Porter (L) arrives for trial at the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse East, December 16, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (AFP)

A US judge has set a new trial date following the mistrial of one of the six officers charged in connection with the death of a black man, state court officials say.

On Monday, Baltimore Judge Barry Williams scheduled the trial date for Officer William Porter to begin on June 13 over the death of Freddie Gray as the first trial of the officer ended in a hung jury last week.

Last week, the jury failed to reach a decision on the issue and Williams called it a mistrial.



Porter is one of the six officers charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, and misconduct involved in the case.

The 25-year-old was put in a transport van, shackled and handcuffed. He died on April 19, a week after he suffered a broken neck.

Baltimore has witnessed several demonstrations since Gray’s death with protesters calling it yet another case of police brutality.

The US police are accused of using excessive force against African Americans. The deaths of unarmed black men and women over the past years have sparked nationwide protests under the banner called Black Lives Matter.