Remember the Baltimore State Attorney who famously told the press in 2015, “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America. I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace'”?
Marilyn Mosby, the same government bureaucrat who publicly declared that six Baltimore police officers “illegally arrested” Freddie Gray as well as applied “undue force” has just had a proverbial bombshell dropped on her.
In what many claim was Mosby’s rush to judgement in arresting and charging the six cops with murder, law-and-order types also accused her of simultaneously demonizing police while coddling rioters who burned and looted throughout Charm City during the spring of 2015.
While all the charges against all six officers were eventually thrown out or dropped, the accused officers have since sought some legal justice of their own.
As reported by The Baltimore Sun, while some of the specifics in a lawsuit against Mosby have been dismissed, such as false arrest, false imprisonment and abuse of process, a federal judge has given the green light to “claims including malicious prosecution, defamation, and invasion of privacy can move forward against Mosby and Assistant Sheriff Samuel Cogen.”
While Mosby’s attorneys claim “she has absolute prosecutorial immunity from actions taken as a state’s attorney,” U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis “noted that her office has said it conducted an independent investigation.”
“Plaintiffs’ malicious prosecution claims relate to her actions when functioning as an investigator and not as a prosecutor,” Garbis wrote in his decision.
Officers Garrett Miller, Edward Nero, and William Porter, Sgt. Alicia White and Rice have sued Mosby and Cogen in federal court, alleging they knowingly brought false charges.
Mosby and Cogen deny the allegations.
Officer Caesar Goodson, who was driving the arrest van in which the medical examiner’s office said Gray suffered his injuries, did not join the lawsuit.
In a separate report by The Sun last summer, the former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was quoted as saying that Mosby was “incompetent” and “vindictive” regarding her conduct and decision making during the entire course of events.
“She’s immature, she’s incompetent, she’s vindictive and that’s not how the justice system is supposed to work,” former Baltimore police commissioner Anthony W. Batts said on Wednesday. “The justice system is supposed to be without bias for police officers, for African Americans, for everyone.”
Batts led Baltimore police from the fall of 2012 until Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake fired him in July 2015 amid a surge in city homicides that followed weeks of criticism from the police union over his handling of the city’s riots two months before.
Batts said Mosby never should have filed charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest, and that her decision Wednesday to drop charges against the remaining three officers facing trials was long overdue.