Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney reiterated her vow to “uphold justice and treat every individual equally and fairly under the law.”
Police brutality against the Black and Latino community has been a scourge across this great nation for decades. In every major city there is the perception that Black and Latino males, especially, are under siege as unlawful police officers unleash their weapons, fists, feet and other objects on the bodies of defenseless citizens.
Pleas for justice have fallen on deaf ears as state prosecutors appear to collude with their local police departments to avoid bringing charges directly but instead present slanted evidence at grand juries who fail to indict. In the rare instances where charges are brought against the criminal officers, judges and juries have refused to find them guilty and when they do, the sentence is tantamount to a slap on the wrist.
The six Baltimore officers charged (clockwise from left) William G. Porter, Garrett E. Miller, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Edward M. Nero, Alicia D. White and Brian W. Rice-Courtesy of the Baltimore Police Department.
By conducting a thorough, timely and parallel investigation alongside the police department, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, 35, the youngest prosecutor of a major city in the United States, shows that she is a tough, strong, courageous woman on a mission to seek justice for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African -American Baltimore resident who suffered spinal injuries and later died after being improperly arrested and transported by Baltimore police officers.
On Friday, May 1, International Workers’ Day, Mosby stepped confidently to the podium and delivered a riveting 21-minute press conference where she methodically laid out the case against the six officers who caused Gray’s death. She revealed that they would be charged with homicide, manslaughter, false imprisonment, among other offences. Mosby took the unprecedented step of bypassing the grand jury, which unwilling prosecutors typically use for cover, and instead is charging the officers based on the strength of the available evidence. The officers were subsequently arrested and posted bond. Overwhelmingly, in minority communities across the nation, there were jubilant celebrations about the latest development. And Mosby’s tough- as- nails demeanor pushed her to the forefront of the public consciousness.
BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 02: Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore’s west side. According to Gray’s attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. State attorney Marilyn Mosby of Maryland announced that charges would be brought against the six police officers who arrested Gray. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
“No one is above the law,” Mosby said, reiterating her “vow to uphold justice and to treat every individual equally and fairly under the law.” Addressing the protestors she said: “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is your moment. Let’s ensure we have peaceful protests and rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come.’ Far from being anti-police, Mosby proudly disclosed that her father, mother, grandfather and aunts were police officers and that she suffered loss when a cousin was gunned down by police in front of her when she was a teenager so she is intimately aware of law-enforcement and policy brutality from both sides of the isle.
When members of the African-American and Latino communities tally the long list of men and women who were brutalized and murdered at the hands of the very police who are paid to protect and serve them, Mosby’s bold actions give pause and inspire hope for full justice for Gray.
Baltimore police brutality victim Freddie Gray, who died one week after he was improperly arrested and transported by police officers. Gray suffered spinal injuries and never recovered.
When members of those communities think of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Anthony Baez in New York; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Oscar Grant in Oakland, California, John Crawford in Ohio and the many others who were murdered by police officers but escaped punishment, the strong, unequivocal actions taken by Mosby supports the idea that justice just might happen for Freddie Gray.
And if that happens, then it might be the start of a new era of accountability in Baltimore which could spark a wildfire of accountability across the nation, which will be long overdue but welcomed by the very segment of the populace that feels like hunted prey.–OnPointPress.net.