Chicago - Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby bragged to an audience in Chicago over the weekend about what she says are her successes from the malicious prosecution of six Baltimore police officers associated with the Freddie Gray case.
According to Justin Fenton with The Baltimore Sun, Mosby's bragging came at Rev. Jesse Jackson's PUSH coalition forum on Saturday.
"In spite of the fact that the six police officers were not convicted and held personally accountable for the death of Freddie Gray, justice has prevailed because now every Baltimore Police officer is being held accountable for the actions of a few," Mosby said.
"Had I not been in that position as State's Attorney, had I not had a seat at the table to make the unprecedented decisions that I was forced to make, had there been no accountability, there'd be no exposure, there'd be no reform, and the systemic discriminatory police practices in one of the largest police departments would've persisted," Mosby said, according to a video of the speech.
Mosby is right about one thing: her prosecution of the Baltimore officers for doing nothing wrong was indeed unprecedented
Issues with the prosecution of the six Baltimore officers were immediately apparent when charges were filed. After Freddie Gray’s death, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby alleged that Gray was arrested without probable cause, assaulted, and falsely accused of carrying an illegal switchblade..
Without waiting for an investigation to be completed, or reviewing all of the details of the case, she quickly brought charges on all officers involved in the arrest, and had them arrested when there was no apparent probable cause for their arrest.
The six officers had charges ranging from second-degree depraved-heart murder to manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. The most severe charges centered around the officers failing to seatbelt Gray in the back of the transport van, which suggests that any parent with an unseatbelted child should be charged with attempted murder.
Not only that, but the entire case was built on the theory that officers could not assist each other with any part of an arrest without fully reviewing the other officer’s evidence and probable cause and making their own independent determination that the arrest was lawful. Impractical at any time, impossible with a violent or resisting suspect.
Lieutenant Rice, Officer Nero, and Officer Goodson were acquitted by a judge during bench trials last year. The remaining charges against Baltimore Police Officers Porter and Miller, and Sergeant White were then dropped by Mosby when it was obvious that she didn’t actually have a valid case against the officers.
Marilyn Mosby has not officially announced that she is seeking re-election, but she has recently hosted six fundraising events. After her speech in Chicago on Saturday, she flew back to Baltimore to beg for more money at another event.