Talk about delusional.
As critics who question her handling of the case against six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will attest, embattled Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby seems to have her own take on reality.
Even if statistics say otherwise.
Of course, she has a vested interest in not seeing the connection between a surge in murders in Baltimore and the unrest there following the death of Gray.
An increase that one expert said “seems temporally related to the riots.”
“I tend to disagree,” Mosby said on WMAR-TV/ABC2’s “Square Off” program aired Sunday. “I think the violence was already going up. When you look at January, it was already like 28 murders.”
The Baltimore Sun reported on the numbers:
This year, Baltimore had recorded 65 homicides in 109 days as of April 25 — the first day of disturbances following Gray’s death. By that same date, the city had seen 54 homicides in 2014, 66 in 2013, 59 in 2012, and 65 in 2011, data show.
The number of killings has increased significantly since then, with 158 people killed in 130 days from April 25 through the end of August, including 45 homicides in July alone.
The city is on pace to see more than 300 killing in the calendar year — a first since 1999. Just four years ago, killings dipped below 200 for the first time since the 1970s.
Clearly, the numbers jumped dramatically following the unrest in the city.
But Mosby said it’s not her fault. Instead, she threw Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley under the bus, saying his “zero-tolerance” policies as the city’s mayor eroded the communities trust in law enforcement and is responsible for the uptick in violence.
Never mind that O’Malley’s tenure as the mayor of Baltimore ended over eight years ago, in January 2007. He’s a white man and the two subsequent mayors were black women. Mosby has an obligation to the sisterhood.
“I think violence is cyclical, and I think we’re seeing the effects of policies that have not worked,” Mosby claimed. “There’s a number of old policies that we’re seeing the result of. That distrust of communities, where communities don’t want to step forward and say who killed a 3-year-old — it’s a direct result of these failed policies.”
A more likely scenario is that police do not believe Mosby has their back after she filed charges against the officers involved in the death of Gray.
Former Commissioner Anthony Batts, who was fired in July, attributed the spike in violence to cops “taking a knee” because of a lack of confidence in Mosby’s office, according to The Sun.
Mosby says the solution to the violence is a “renewed focus on guns.” This would be in addition to a six-week program for 30 youths she instituted and open houses at the courthouse — never underestimate the impact open houses can have in the face of a surge in murders.
But looking big picture, the prosecutor said a greater focus is needed on “systemic and structural issues.”
“We’re not talking about the economics,” she said. “And I think that’s the biggest problem.”
One thing appears certain, when Mosby is eventually fired, the woman has a bright future in Democratic politics.
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