Two officers charged in the high-profile death of Freddie Gray are suing the Baltimore State Attorney for defamation and invasion of privacy.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Sergeant Alicia White and Officer William Porter -both facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in Gray’s death- filed the lawsuit on May 2nd against Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff’s Office Major Sam Cogen and the State of Maryland.
The officers claim that Mosby and Cogen knew the charges stacked against the officers were “false”, but simply proceeded to prevent an uprising.
“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 court documents read.
Mosby had announced charges against the officers only 24 hours after the police had opened an official investigation, citing that she had conducted her own investigation with assistance of the Sheriff’s Office. Attorneys for the accused officers have expressed doubt towards those claims, saying that there is little proof that any investigation even occurred.
The two officers outline their demands in the 26-page lawsuit, including $75,000 in damages for each of the four counts, ranging from defamation and invasion of privacy to casting them in a false light. The document has over 141 numbered points outlining both what their roles in the incident were and how Mosby and Cogen violated their rights.
The officers state that as a result of being placed on administrative leave without pay by the police department, they “have suffered, and continue to suffer, monetary damages in the form of lost income, lost raises in salary, and lost promotions.”
The two police officers have demanded a jury trial for the case.
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