A war of words has erupted between the mayor of Baltimore and the State’s Attorney.
As the city of Baltimore erupted in violence following the death of Freddie Gray, the state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby put a call in to the mayor.
She recalls that conversation in a feature story with The NY Times Magazine. “This is ridiculous… you’ve all single-handedly caused what’s happening to the city right now,” she told the mayor at the time.
Mosby also blasted the mayor saying that she and her commissioner set “false expectations” and that “You did this, not me, not me.”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shot back, “It’s clear that [Mosby] doesn’t have an understanding of the role of a prosecutor.” The mayor also said: “I cannot force her to use her best judgment and then decide how long to investigate.”
Mosby believes the police dept rushed to close the case and came up with a “fictitious timeline” for the investigation to end, WBAL reported. Mosby also believes that police investigators were not “considering the possibility of wrongdoing by other cops.”
She said the mayor and then-police commissioner were putting out misinformation to reporters. The magazine’s cover story mainly examines the decisions Mosby made during the crisis and the fallout that followed when she took the “gamble” of prosecuting six police officers for Gray’s death.
The mayor argues, what Mosby didn’t share about the phone conversation- with the magazine- was the part about how she told her to “hold off on putting out information.”
The mayor says, “The political pressure is real when you are in big jobs… and you can’t bow to political pressure and charge when you’re not ready.”
Mosby says she soon plans to introduce five recommendations that would give prosecutors more authority to investigate the police.
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