Around noon today, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby boldly announced criminal charges against six Baltimore city police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. A story that has caught the attention of the nation and sparked protests not only in Baltimore but in cities throughout the US.
Mosby, an African-American woman, announced the charges via a press conference, and was backed by several state investigators who she said scoured over the evidence and reports presented to them by the city’s medial examiner’s office and the police.
“We have probable cause to file criminal charges. . . this was a homicide,” Mosby boldly declared, which sparked a cheer from some in attendance.
Mosby went on to describe the ordeal and the alleged facts that Mr. Gray was the victim of an illegal arrest and even the knife he carried was perfectly legal under local statutes. She alleged how Mr. Gray was the victim of neglect, bad police procedure, and perhaps more.
Mosby said state investigators conducted a “comprehensive, thorough and independent” investigation that began just one day after Gray was injured and died in police custody.
“My team worked around the clock, 12 and 14-hour days,” Mosby said in describing the tireless investigation.
The six Baltimore police officers who were charged are – Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45; Officer William Porter, 25; Lt. Brian Rice, 41; Sgt. Alicia White, 30; Officer Edward Nero, 29; and, Officer Garrett Miller, 26.
According to reports, all six officers will be charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office. One officer—Garrett Miler—will also be charged with false imprisonment, and Officer Goodson, the driver of the police van that Gray was placed in—where he sustained grave injuries that led to his death a week later—will also be charged with second-degree murder and two vehicular manslaughter charges.
Mosby also put out a warning to anyone with the police who leaks selective evidence to the public while the investigation is being conducted. She also stressed that these charges were not a reflection on the police as a whole.
But who is this young, african american attorney that seems to be moving this case swiftly and in directions previous prosecutors have been reluctant to go, especially so quickly?
At age 35, Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby is the youngest chief prosecutor in a major city. She was elected at age 34, last year by the people of Baltimore. Mosby’s husband, Nick Mosby, sits on Baltimore’s city council. They met while both were studying at Tuskegee University. The couple also has two daughters.
Mosby grew up in inner-city Boston. At the young age of 14, she decided she wanted to become a prosecutor after witnessing a close relative being being shot to death during a robbery.
At the press conference, Mosby gave some more insight into her background as she announced the charges against the six officers;
I come from five generations of law enforcement. My father was an officer, my mother was an officer. Several of my aunts and uncles … My recently departed and beloved grandfather was one of the founding members of the first black police organization in Massachusetts.
See Mosby’s announcement on charges being filed HERE:
Mosby may be young, but she seems more than competent and determined to bring justice to the city and people of Baltimore. It will be interesting to see how this case plays out of course, and how it affects her career in the legal field or whichever field(s) she should choose to pursue in the future.
When asked what is needed to change the culture of the police and inner city communities, Mosby responded “accountability.”
When asked where that will come from, Mosby firmly stated “you are getting it today.”
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