During Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, moderator Anderson Cooper grilled Martin O’Malley over the zero-tolerance policing strategy he employed while mayor of Baltimore. O’Malley objected to Cooper’s interpretation of a quote from Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. According to Mosby’s Twitter account, so did she.
“The current top prosecutor in Baltimore, also a Democrat, blames your zero-tolerance policies for sowing the seeds of unrest,” Cooper told O’Malley.
O’Malley sought to soften that assessment. “Yes, actually, I believe what she said was that there’s a lot of policies that have led to this unrest,” he replied.
That earned him an interruption from Cooper, who read out Mosby’s original quote, which contained a reference to the tragic death of a three-year-old.
Mosby herself seems to have agreed with O’Malley, taking to Twitter immediately to confirm that the problems in Baltimore are “not attributable to one person.”
The systemic issues that plague our city are not attributable to one person.
— Marilyn J. Mosby (@MarilynMosbyEsq) October 14, 2015
The problems in Baltimore are systemic… Let’s talk about HOW to resolve the challenges….. — Marilyn J. Mosby (@MarilynMosbyEsq) October 14, 2015
While the tweets can be viewed as aiding O’Malley, one can imagine another motivation besides the desire to do O’Malley a solid, namely, a desire not to see the problems in Baltimore oversimplified.
On the other hand, The Baltimore Sun pointed out that Mosby’s husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby, recently praised CitiStat, the data-collecting and -analyzing system that went hand-in-glove with O’Malley’s law-enforcement policies.
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