Mosby Talks Family and Freddie Gray Aftermath to NYT Mag

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Photo by Ryan Pfluger via The New York Times Magazine
Photo by Ryan Pfluger via The New York Times Magazine

“I don’t think I’ll ever be who I was before,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says of the fallout of the Freddie Gray police trials.

In an intimate, if not sympathetic profile with the headline “Baltimore vs. Marilyn Mosby” published by The New York Times Magazine, Mosby talks about her family life, her shakeup of the city prosecutor’s office and the public aftermath of trying to convict the “Baltimore 6” in the death of Freddie Gray.

The story unfolds over a series of conversations between Baltimore native reporter Wil S. Hylton at her Baltimore rowhouse and at her grandmother’s home in Dorchester, Mass., where she grew up.

Mosby brought international attention to Baltimore when she stood on the War Memorial building steps downtown in May 2015 to announce she was filing charges against the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest weeks earlier. As most know, the saga ended with a hung jury, three acquittals and dropped charges against the remaining officers in late July.

Even as she announced she was dropping charges, Mosby was defiant in her first public appearance following the trials. “Without real, substantial reform to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it and we would still end up with the same result,” Mosby said.

Five of those officers are suing Mosby for defamation, claiming she made false charges against them.

The piece touches upon her relationship with husband and City Councilman Nick Mosby of District 7, who ran for mayor but later dropped out of the race as his wife pursued convictions against the officers. “This has been the most trying time in our relationship, and I’ve been with Nick since I was 18 years old,” she tells the NYT Mag.

Mosby also delves into her upbringing as a black girl in Massachusetts. It was there in Dorchester where she saw her 14-year-old cousin gunned down outside her home. “Everything is still a blur,” she says. “I try to suppress a lot of that stuff.”

Nick Mosby, fellow Councilman Carl Stokes and numerous city police officers make appearances in the piece as well. Click here to read the story.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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