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Perhaps we may see justice in Baltimore after all.
Two of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy.
The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday:
Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter, who are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old’s death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore sheriff’s office Maj. Sam Cogen and the state of Maryland on May 2, according to Baltimore Circuit Court records made public Wednesday.
The officers claim that Mosby and Cogen knew the statement of charges filed against the officers and other statements made by Mosby at a May 1, 2015, news conference announcing the charges “were false.”
“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit alleges…
White, a supervisor, and Porter, a patrol officer, both face involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Prosecutors allege that they ignored Gray’s injuries and failed to secure him in a seat belt. The officers have said they believed Gray was simply being uncooperative.
According to legal experts, it is questionable whether the lawsuit would be successful, the Sun reported.
Mosby has been under considerable fire from critics since all but siding with those who rioted following Gray’s death, telling the thugs, “I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.'”
She went on to assure those who burned and looted Baltimore “this is your moment. Let’s ensure that we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause. And as young people, our time is now.”
Mosby also embraced the spotlight while imposing a gag order on the defense, posing for magazine photos and conducting TV interviews — she even appeared onstage at a Prince concert in Gray’s honor.
Following Monday’s acquittal of another officer charged, Officer Edward Nero, Harvard Law professor and author Alan Dershowitz told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that Mosby was guilty of “overcharging.”
“What she tried to do is stop the mob,” Dershowitz said. “I understand that, but you don’t use the criminal justice system to solve racial problems.”
He also said Mosby should “pay a price.”
“There’s no question she acted irresponsibly,” Dershowitz continued. “She acted politically. She acted too quickly, and the public ought to make her pay a price for seeking to distort justice.”
Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro went a step further and said that Mosby should be replaced.
“Honestly I don’t think she belongs in that position,” Pirro said. “I think she’s got real problems and her rush to judgment has negatively caused this city, Baltimore, enormous costs, money, looting, businesses. Shame on her.”
Nero’s attorneys were also highly critical of Mosby in a statement released following his acquittal.
“Officer Edward Nero, his wife and family are elated that this nightmare is finally over,” attorneys Marc Zayon and Allison Levine said. “The state’s attorney for Baltimore city rushed to charge him, as well as the other five officers, completely disregarding the facts of the case and the applicable law. His hope is that the state’s attorney will reevaluate the remaining five officers’ cases and dismiss their charges.”
It’s time for real justice in Baltimore and Mosby can deliver by doing exactly that — dismissing the charges on the other officers.
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