Is Baltimore Attorney Safe After Charging Officers With Murder Of Freddie Gray?
Six officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, and the D.A. is already being warned away from the case. Though the current public statements only suggest that she should back off because of unspecified ties to the family’s attorney and her own marriage to a city council member, the similarity to recent cases raises a question regarding her safety.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the charges today, in a speech you can see below. The Fraternal Order of Police has already asked her to appoint a special prosecutor, and hinted at ties between Mosby and the Gray family’s attorney, according to the Baltimore Sun. They further insinuate inappropriate ties between her lead prosecutor and media.
Mosby responded, saying that there is no accountability with a special prosecutor, and that the people of Baltimore elected her to do her job, which, in this case, is seeking justice for Freddie Gray.
However, in similar cases, people surrounding the case have faced repercussions on multiple levels. Those who record police face harassment and arrest. In one recent case, an Albuquerque D.A. who charged police with the murder of a homeless man has faced attacks on her career, the arrest of her son, and threats passed to her by other officers.
It appears that in many of these cases, the departments support the officers involved regardless of the facts of the case, even to threatening, harassing, and intimidating those who dare to intervene. Are we at a point where anyone who suggests police are capable of criminal activity is in danger?
The charges in this case were announced only a few short hours ago, but in the days to come, it will be no great surprise — though certainly a great disappointment and tragedy — if Ms. Mosby does receive threats, either of damage to her career or of physical harm.
Seeking the truth about Freddie Gray’s death is a brave, heroic move — and in the case of police misconduct, it seems no good deed goes unpunished.