Mosby Saved Baltimore from Being “Burned to the Ground,” Says Mosby’s Office

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State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby

State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s public announcement of charges for six officers in the Freddie Gray case was required to stem the tide of unrest “before the entire city became an armed camp or was burned to the ground,” according to Mosby’s office.

To be fair, the self congratulations came in a court filing responding to the claim of the officers’ attorneys that Mosby’s public announcement was so detrimental to jury selection that the whole case should be thrown out, the Baltimore Sun reports.

And if you think her appearance on stage at Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” was unbecoming of a state’s attorney, her office has an answer for that, too. Mosby’s deputy Michael Schatzow said her presence there wasn’t an endorsement of anything, “except perhaps her enthusiasm for Prince, by sitting on stage for the entire concert.”

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  1. “Okay, just so we are all clear: our State’s Attorney, whose job is to investigate impartially the specific facts of each case that comes before her and determine solely on the basis of those facts whether to charge a citizen with a crime, has essentially stated publicly that she decided to criminally charge six citizens (I think we all still agree that police officers are citizens) on the basis of her opinion of prevailing political and social circumstances. That somehow, it’s okay to fundamentally violate her oath of office by bringing criminal charges against six citizens because otherwise Baltimore would “… be an armed camp or is burned to the ground…”? Really? Isn’t that what the Mayor and Governor are supposed to be figuring out? (And no, the fact that those two messed up does not mean the State’s Attorney jumps into the center ring.) And then, Ms. Mosby (at least it looks this way to me) boasts about it? Can’t anybody here do their job?”

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