BOOM! Five Officers Bring Lawsuit Against Marilyn Mosby
When Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped all criminal charges in the remaining cases against police officers involved in the Freddie Gray case, she may have thought she was putting an end to a particularly ugly chapter in the city’s history in which there were no winners, but in fact, Mosby’s troubles may just be beginning.
Mosby vaulted to national attention in May 2015 when she held an emotional, racially charged press conference to announce the filing of criminal charges against six officers in connection with the death of a suspect after being transported to jail in police custody.
Now, fifteen months later, the 36-year-old prosecutor faces possible disbarment and civil suits by the officers after four trials failed to produce a guilty verdict on a single count.
The officers were charged with everything from misconduct in office and reckless endangerment to murder in a prosecution that seemed designed both to appease rioters who had looted and burned the City of Baltimore for weeks and further Mosby’s political career.
After two weeks of rioting and looting on the city streets following Gray’s death, Mosby told a crowd at a press conference, “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your cries of “No Justice, No Peace.””
Mosby is black, as was Gray, however three of the police officers were black, as well.
Legal experts called the move “overcharging” with no hope of winning convictions, which the trial judge, The Hon. Barry Williams, clearly believed, as well. Williams is also black.
Mosby’s high visibility in the media in the following weeks and months, such as appearing on stage with Prince and in a Vogue Magazine cover story, led many to suspect she was using the publicity as a springboard to a possible run for political office.
Instead, Mosby will be headed to court as a defendant facing allegations of defamation, false arrest, false imprisonment, and violation of constitutional rights, and possible malicious prosecution.
So far, the Gray case has cost Baltimore taxpayers $14 million, including a $6 million immediate “payout” to Gray’s family, arranged by an attorney who contributed to Mosby’s election campaign.
Source: NBC News