Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is facing several new charges in a lawsuit brought about by two Baltimore police officers who were involved in the Freddie Gray incident.
Officer William Porter and Sergeant Alicia White- initially filed suit in May against Mosby and Major Sam Cogen of the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office for invasion of privacy and defamation and are adding several claims to that suit.
The new lawsuit claims that Cogen and Mosby knew their charges were excessive but pursued them anyway to prevent further destruction of Baltimore in light of the riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray, who died after being placed in a prisoner transport following his arrest, according to The Daily Caller.
Michael Glass, the attorney that represents the two officers, said that he plans to bolster the lawsuit by tacking on counts of “malicious prosecution, false arrest, false imprisonment, violation of the Maryland declaration of rights, article 24 and 26.” Glass claims the law office is currently working on amending the complaint and that the charges will likely be official by the end of June.
“The main basis for damages first of course is the lack of income for the better part of a year now,” Glass said in an interview with the Daily Caller, claiming his clients have suffered greatly over the past year.
Glass argues that Mosby’s use of the officers as sacrificial lambs to quell civil unrest -as well as giving credibility to divisive rhetoric used by protesters- classifies as actions outside her role as prosecutor and thus should not fall under the immunity generally provided to individuals in her position- immunity that makes suing prosecutors quite a difficult process.
“We believe there were certain communications among some pretty key players that suggest that these charges were brought not based on the evidence but based on an agenda which was to quell the riots at a time when there was a lot of unrest and it was a pretty volatile situation,” Glass said.
The lawsuit may be used to put pressure on Cogen and Mosby to essentially turn on each other, thus incriminating one -or both- of them in what many feel was the needless “throwing to the wolves” of several police officers.
“These six officers were essentially sacrificed,” Glass said. “Alicia White, she’s accused of murder, she never touched Mr. Gray.”
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