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First trial begins in Freddie Gray case

Posted at 5:44 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 20:44:02-05

Jury selection is underway in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Judge Barry Williams began by asking the pool of 75 jurors several questions during the voir dire process.











Williams told the potential jury pool he doesn't expect the trial to extend beyond Dec. 17.

Gray's death sparked riots across the city in April, and more protests began Monday evening before court had ended its session. 

People rallied outside the courthouse and later marched to the Inner Harbor, then past Baltimore's World Trade Center office tower and the National Aquarium and on to City Hall. One carried a sign that read, "Stop the War on Black America." A woman led a chant of "If we don't get it," with people responding, "shut it down."

Among those speaking to the marchers along the way was Tawanda Jones. She is a prekindergarten teacher who has hosted weekly rallies around the city, seeking justice for her brother, Tyrone West, and others. West died in police custody in 2013 in Baltimore.