On May 1st, the Baltimore state attorney told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that, “Law enforcement is pretty much instilled within my being.” She also added, “I come from five generations of police officers.”
Those statements were made on the same day she publicly announced charges against the six police officers implicated in the Freddie Gray case.
However, The Daily Caller has now reported that her family’s history might not be as clean as Mosby states. Her mother faced numerous disciplinary actions during her 20-year tenure as a police officer in Boston.
The Daily Caller has acquired personal records showing that Linda Thompson, Mosby’s mother, violated the Boston police department’s substance abuse policy in 2006. After serving 45 days in rehab, Thompson violated the drug code again.
Thompson ended up voluntarily resigning on Feb. 1, 2008, although she was not fired.
Mosby’s mother isn’t the only family member whose record is under scrutiny. Mosby’s father, Alan James was actually fired from the Boston police department in 1991, following accusations that he assaulted and robbed drug dealers at gunpoint with his partner at the time.
The accusations do not stop with just Mosby’s mother and father. Mosby’s uncle was fired from the Boston police department in 2001 after a positive cocaine test.
Mosby has become somewhat of a polarizing figure in the Freddie Gray case. After being elected to office just last year, she gained notoriety for her public announcement of charges against the six cops involved in the Gray case. Critics have said that Ms. Mosby’s prosecution seemed primarily responsive to the public outcry following Gray’s death. Ms. Mosby has refused to allow an independent investigator to handle the prosecution of this case.
Ms. Mosby believes that the officers in question didn’t do enough to safely restrain Gray in the back of a police van after his April 12 arrest. Mosby also claims that the officers did not provide Gray with adequate medical attention. Mosby has charged the driver of Gray’s police van with second-degree depraved heart murder and manslaughter, while three other officers are facing charges of manslaughter.
Gray died a week later on April 19. His death has been ruled a homicide due to “an act of omission.”
Mosby has yet to discuss the incidents involving her mother, father, and uncle, but law enforcement officials believe that Mosby’s family history gives them adequate reason to believe that it’s time that the state attorney recuse herself from the Gray case.
In the words of a former Boston police officer, “Linda Thompson’s daughter is lecturing police officers about the right thing to do? You’ve got to be kidding me.”