Barely 100 days into her tenure as Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces a momentous decision: whether to pursue criminal charges against any police officers in the high-profile death of Freddie Gray. The Wall Street Journal says the case thrusts Mosby, a 35-year-old former insurance company lawyer who had never held elected office, into the center of a national maelstrom over race relations and police practices. Tomorrow, she is expected to receive confidential findings from a police department probe into how Gray, a 25-year-old black man, sustained serious spine injuries while in police custody after his April 12 arrest. He died a week later. Six officers have been suspended with pay.
“This is a tsunami of force coming against these six police officers,” said defense attorney Warren Brown, who backed Mosby's opponent last year. “Those like Marilyn Mosby in a position to make some decision regarding them are going to be overwhelmed by the demand for their indictment.” The incident has led to near daily protests in Baltimore, and riots and looting broke out Monday after Gray's funeral. Demonstrations spread last to cities including New York, Washington and Boston in response to Gray’s death. A sense of calm began to be restored yesterday as 3,000 Maryland National Guard troops and police controlled peaceful marches in the city. About 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets before a 10 p.m. curfew took effect. Police commissioner Anthony Batts said 18 people were arrested yesterday.