Video: Who Is This Attorney Running The Freddie Gray Investigation, in Baltimore, USA?

Source: Huffington Post

By Jennifer Bendery; jen.bendery@huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON — Marilyn Mosby walked up to a podium surrounded by TV cameras on Friday morning and dropped a bomb: At her direction, the city of Baltimore is charging six police officers with crimes including second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault in the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died last month after suffering a spine injury while in police custody. There was no clear reason for his arrest, and until Friday, there were no clear answers about what happened to him. In the weeks since his death, questions have only grown, protests have broken out around the country and the Baltimore police accused Gray of intentionally trying to hurt himself.

Mosby, the state’s attorney for the region, shut it all down on Friday.

Marilyn Mosby was applauded for her swift action and defiant attitude

Marilyn Mosby was applauded for her swift action and defiant attitude

“The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide, which we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges,” she said.

Mosby’s news marks a huge turning point for people around the country demanding justice for yet another black man killed by police, for a city torn apart by the drug war and economic disparity, and for Mosby herself.

She was just four months into her job when she was tasked last month with investigating Gray’s death. She had never held elected office before November. And at 35, Mosby is the youngest chief prosecutor of any district.

Those details gave city residents reason to doubt her abilities, something even her biggest supporters have conceded. Before her current job, Mosby had been counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance for three years and an assistant state’s attorney for five years.

On Friday, though, Mosby emerged as the voice that so many in Baltimore needed to hear. She gave a detailed description of what happened to Gray the day he was arrested and said officers ignored his requests for medical attention. She let the findings speak for themselves.

“No crime had been committed by Mr. Gray,” she said. “He was arrested illegally.”

Mosby was in her element at the press event. She repeatedly batted away questions about her personal feelings on the matter, saying it wasn’t relevant. She also dismissed the idea that there is a conflict of interest in her conducting the investigation since her husband, Nick Mosby, is a Baltimore city councilman who has spoken out about the riots spurred by Gray’s death.

“I uphold the law,” she said flatly. “He makes the law.”

Despite the damning conclusions of her probe, which led to warrants being issued Friday for six officers involved in Gray’s arrest, Mosby is not out to smear cops. To the contrary, she’s been close to them for her entire life.

“To the rank-and-file officers of the Baltimore Police Department, please know that these accusations of these six officers are not an indictment of the entire force,” Mosby said. “I come from five generations of law enforcement. My father was an officer. My mother was an officer … My recently departed and beloved grandfather was one of the founding members of the first black police organization in Massachusetts.”

Besides her family connections, Mosby’s draw to criminal justice may stem from a tragedy she experienced in Boston, where she grew up. Her 17-year-old cousin was mistaken for a drug dealer and killed outside her home by another teenager. She went on after that to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

As Mosby wrapped up her remarks Friday, she emphasized that the legal process still needs to play out. Indeed, the Baltimore police union maintains none of the officers are responsible for Gray’s death.

She also said that she’s fighting for her community, and that if residents want justice, they need to keep their protests peaceful.

“I’ve heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,'” Mosby said to the cameras. “However, your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice for Freddie Gray.”

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. — Mosby joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Friday night.

Asked by Hayes whether she felt prosecutors had rushed the investigation, or if public concern had influenced the process, Mosby said firmly that justice was the first concern.

“At the end of the day I’m here to do my job,” Mosby said. “It’s about applying justice fairly and equally to those with and without a badge. Did I treat this case any different in the pursuit of justice? No, I didn’t.

“Law enforcement is instilled within my being. I understand and respect that the majority of police officers are risking their lives day in and day out,” Mosby said. “Recognizing that, I also know that some officials usurp their authority. … When they do that, you have to hold those individuals accountable.”

“Am i worried about any sort of backlash? Absolutely not. Did I rush to judgement? Absolutely not,” Mosby said.

She told Hayes that she would hold officers accountable if they fail to testify in the cases of the cops who have been charged.

“You have to change the culture of what’s happening in the police department, and you do that by holding them accountable,” she said.

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  1. Looks bold voice. Hope those charged will not be acquitted later by courts.

  2. Quoting BBC

    Marilyn Mosby has captured the world’s attention after she announced she was pressing charges against Baltimore officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
    By the end of her speech, the Baltimore prosecutor’s name was a top trending term on Twitter in the United States. The #MarilynMosby hashtag has been used over 700,000 times on Twitter in the week since the protests began.
    At 35, she is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in the United States, according to her website which promptly went down because of the volume of traffic to it.
    She read the details of the case against the six officers and then addressed residents directly.
    She said: “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’
    “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
    She added: “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment.”
    Activists have hailed her relatively swift action because it was in contrast to cases last year in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City where cases dragged on and prosecutors eventually ruled in support of officers.
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    Who is Marilyn Mosby?
    Born in Boston, her first real introduction to the criminal justice system was intensely personal. When she was 14, her 17-year-old cousin was shot dead on her doorstep
    The former insurance company lawyer, who had never before held elected office, was a prosecutor for six years before beating incumbent State Attorney Gregg Bernstein in January
    She comes from a family steeped in law enforcement. Her grandfather, four uncles and her mother were all police officers
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    “I come from five generations of police officers,” Mosby said on a local political radio show in 2014. “I know the sacrifices police officers make day in and day out away from their families and risking their lives.”
    But this has not stopped her from promising to prosecute police officials when necessary. In fact, part of what helped Mosby beat her rival incumbent State Attorney Gregg Bernstein last year was her belief that “No one is above the law.”
    In the same radio interview she said she would “go after individuals whether you’re a police officer or a violent repeat offender. If you break the law and you believe you are above authority then I will go after you”.
    She is well connected in political circles – her husband, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, serves on the City Council as a representative for the area where Gray died, but this could end up complicating matters for the prosecutor.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-32557915

  3. Quran Surah 82 Infitar -Mishary Rashid Al Afasy with english audio translation

    I seek refuge with Allah from the shaitaan the rejected.
    In the Name of Allah The Gracious The Ever Merciful
    Chapter 82 ,verses 19,The Cleaving.
    http://quran.al-islam.org/
    1}إِذَا السَّمَاءُ انْفَطَرَتْ {
    وَإِذَا الْكَوَاكِبُ انْتَثَرَتْ {2}
    وَإِذَا الْبِحَارُ فُجِّرَتْ {3}
    وَإِذَا الْقُبُورُ بُعْثِرَتْ {4}
    عَلِمَتْ نَفْسٌ مَا قَدَّمَتْ وَأَخَّرَتْ {5}
    يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنْسَانُ مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ الْكَرِيمِ {6}
    الَّذِي خَلَقَكَ فَسَوَّاكَ فَعَدَلَكَ {7}
    فِي أَيِّ صُورَةٍ مَا شَاءَ رَكَّبَكَ {8}
    كَلَّا بَلْ تُكَذِّبُونَ بِالدِّينِ {9}
    وَإِنَّ عَلَيْكُمْ لَحَافِظِينَ {10}
    كِرَامًا كَاتِبِينَ {11}
    يَعْلَمُونَ مَا تَفْعَلُونَ {12}
    إِنَّ الْأَبْرَارَ لَفِي نَعِيمٍ {13}
    وَإِنَّ الْفُجَّارَ لَفِي جَحِيمٍ {14}
    يَصْلَوْنَهَا يَوْمَ الدِّينِ {15}
    وَمَا هُمْ عَنْهَا بِغَائِبِينَ {16}
    وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا يَوْمُ الدِّينِ {17}
    ثُمَّ مَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا يَوْمُ الدِّينِ {18}
    يَوْمَ لَا تَمْلِكُ نَفْسٌ لِنَفْسٍ شَيْئًا ۖ وَالْأَمْرُ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِلَّهِ {19}
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:1]
    Like the 1 to 13 verses of Takwir the signs which will appear before the day of resurrection are mentioned in these verses. The heavens will cleave asunder, the stars will be scattered, the oceans will overwhelm the whole globe, and the graves will throw out the buried bodies. The physical world as we see it will be destroyed and after the final judgement a new eternal realm of spiritual existence will begin. See commentary of Takwir: 1 to 13.

    Aqa Mahdi Puya says:

    According to the Ahl ul Bayt the physical universe will disintegrate. A dimensional thing is not eternal. There was a time when no dimensional being was in existence. When a dimensional existence is created, it completes its development and then disappears. Man does not know how many systems like the solar system) have completed their terms, and how many are in the process of development, and how many will come into being in the future.

    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:2] (see commentary for verse 1)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:3] (see commentary for verse 1)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:4] (see commentary for verse 1)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:5]

    Every soul will be fully aware of what “its hands had sent forth”. This verse refers to the deeds of commission and omission in this life- “the good or the evil he did” is that which he has sent forth, and “the consequences of his good and bad deeds which ensue to influence the human society after he departs” is that which he leaves behind. It may also refer to that which he earned for his spiritual life of the hereafter and the physical things, he prided in this life, which he left behind. If man does good he not only earns the eternal life of bliss in the hereafter as a reward but also leaves behind an example for his family and people among whom he lived and the posterity in general; and during his lifetime educates, disciplines and guides those who are associated with him to the path of Allah.

    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:6]

    The divine attributes of forgiveness, generosity and beneficence which the words rabbikal karim (see commentary of Fatihah: 3) carry are alluded to by the accursed Shaytan to instigate man to sin.

    An indirect guidance may be inferred from this verse that man should not sin under the belief that the great charitable disposition of his Lord would protect him from the just punishment.

    Once a slave of Ali ibn abi Talib did not pay attention to his repeated calls and when questioned replied: “I relied upon your forbearance and charitable disposition. I know you will not punish me for my evasion of duty.” Ali set him free.

    Allah not only created man, but gave him a perfectly organised organism together with intellectual and spiritual faculties and a free will. Refer to the commentary of Anam: 2. The bounties of Allah should make man grateful which he can manifest by using his faculties to choose the right path and follow it all his life, but he turns away from the right path and denies the day of judgement.

    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:7] (see commentary for verse 6)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:8] (see commentary for verse 6)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:9] (see commentary for verse 6)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:10]

    Refer to the commentary of Qaf: 18.

    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:11] (see commentary for verse 10)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:12] (see commentary for verse 10)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:13]
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:14]
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:15]
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:16]
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:17]

    Refer to the commentary of Baqarah: 48; Anam: 165; Bani Israil: 15; Zumar: 7 and 38. No soul shall have power to do anything for another. Personal responsibility will be fully enforced. Authority belongs to Allah. He will allow whom He pleases to intercede on behalf of any one the authorised intercessor finds suitable. See commentary of Baqarah: 48 and 255 and the references mentioned therein for intercession.

    Aqa Mahdi Puya says:

    Imam Muhammad bin Ali al Baqir said:

    “The command on that day (day of judgement) and today is Allah’s, but on that day the subordinate authorities (at a certain stage) will not be visible.”

    The manifestation of Allah’s absolute authority is like the sun, when it shines all the stars disappear, though they are there, deriving the light from the sun.

    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:18] (see commentary for verse 17)
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 82:19] (see commentary for verse 17)
    http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=1237&region=EN
    http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=1238&region=EN
    http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=1239&region=EN

  4. @ Shumaila Khan
    Please spare us your art of copy and paste. Please practice this art on your own computer. Here just try to make sense and be relevant.
    Editors: Please edit out such irrelevant and lengthy comments. This just ends the discussion.
    Thanks.

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