Police Too Biased to Probe Themselves: MD Prosecutor

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Top Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby came out swinging yesterday after she dropped the charges against the remaining police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray, slamming the criminal justice system and saying police were too biased to investigate themselves, the Baltimore Sun reports. In a fiery news conference, the prosecutor said that without sweeping reform to police and the court 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 she planned to pursue reforms, including the ability of prosecutors to use independent investigators. Mosby charged six officers in Gray’s arrest and death last year. Judge Barry Williams acquitted three of them, saying prosecutors lacked the evidence to prove their cases. Mosby dropped charges against the other three.

“I wanted to be able to expose the systemic issues,” she said. “And I think that’s one of the reasons why we said we should probably [drop the remaining cases]: so we can try to work toward a solution.” The Baltimore police union called Mosby’s comments “outrageous, uncalled for and simply not true.” Former Police Commissioner Anthony Batts called Mosby “immature, incompetent and vindictive.” Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said the prosecutions were “disgraceful” and Mosby “ought to prosecute herself.” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake supported Mosby but questioned whether she had gone too far in her criticisms of the criminal justice system. “I have never — and will never — use my position to give the impression to the community that they should not have confidence in the people who have sworn to serve them,” Rawlings-Blake told CNN in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention.

 

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