Like the month of March, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby‘s case against Baltimore law enforcement officers in the death of Freddy Gray came in like a lion, but went out like a lamb.
Clip via WMAR-2 News
After three defendant-officers were acquittals in separate trials, Mosby decided to drop prosecutions of the remaining defendants in the matter.
Gray, 25, died of a neck injury in April of last year while in police custody.
Mosby blamed “systemic issues … in the criminal justice system” for her decision not to proceed further in the matter.
“… yeah, this is now a perfect system,” Mosby told Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR-2 News. “But it is one which needs reform.”
She nonetheless defended her decision to file charges against the Baltimore law enforcement officers.
“We affirmed the legitimacy of our prosecution as we survived 13 motions for dismissal and prevailed in 135 motions,” she said. “So what I say to the critics is that it’s absolutely absurd for them to think that the legitimacy of this prosecution was anything but legal.”
The announcement was made Wednesday at what was scheduled to have been the opening day of trial of the fifth defendant, Officer Garrett Miller, in the courtroom of Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams.
Williams acquitted the previous four officers and was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well.
Charges against Miller, as well as Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter were dropped to the relief of attorney Ivan Bates, who represents White and spoke to The Baltimore Sun on behalf of all defense teams.
Bates described the last year as a “nightmare” for all the officers.
“Not one of these officers woke up wanting to do anything negative to anyone,” Bates said.
Nonetheless, Gray’s death prompted days of rioting and violence throughout the city.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis praised Mosby’s “wise” decision in a statement, and said his relationship with the state’s attorney staff would remain strong.
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) July 27, 2016
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