“A warrant has been issued for their arrest.”
– Marilyn Mosby, speaking to the public at her press conference
This morning I am getting to know the newest key player on the scene in the horrible miscarriage of law enforcement activities that resulted in the death of Freddie Gray. Newly elected in a landslide just months ago, Baltimore City’s States Attorney Marilyn Mosby had both defied the odds and stunned her opponents when she was elected to office on January 8th of 2015. She had some rather remarkable comments to make about her election, not the least of which was to immediately give God all the glory for it, [ cited below ] which got my attention right away. A woman in the legal profession who has faith in God on her side is a formidable force to contend with.
Baltimore’s problems with violent crime and police injustice were well documented BEFORE the untimely death of Freddie Gray. With the prosecution of his killers now on her already full plate, Ms. Mosby will be tested to the core of her faith as she steps onto the national stage as the key prosecutor in the case. Today Twitter is exploding with references, articles and links citing Ms. Mosby, and this is just the beginning. I, for one, will be praying for her as she proceeds with her task of bringing about justice in the murder of Freddie Gray.
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.: Second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle, misconduct in office.
Officer William G. Porter: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office.
Lt. Brian W. Rice: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.
Officer Edward M. Nero: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.
Officer Garrett Miller: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.
Sgt. Alicia D. White: Manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office.
Mosby spoke at length about the legality of Gray’s arrest prior to the events that led to his death:
From the start the police mistreated him according to her account. She said that the knife Mr. Gray was carrying was not a cause for arrest. “The knife was not a switchblade and it is lawful.” She said officers “failed to establish probable cause for an arrest.”
After the charges were announced, Mosby addressed Baltimore and said the city’s “peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice for this young man.”
“You see,” Mosby proclaimed, “God is good. He makes a wave out of nowhere to satisfy skeptics, because they are still scratching their heads over how I won.”