For Immediate Release 7/27/16
Following a brief hearing in court Wednesday morning, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby held a press conference at Gilmor Homes—the site of the arrest that led to Freddie Gray’s untimely death while in police custody— to announce publicly that the Office of the State’s Attorney will not prosecute Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White and has declined to retry Officer William Porter.
Mosby, commenting for the first time since Judge Barry Williams issued a gag order barring both prosecutors and the defense from speaking publicly on any of the six officers’ cases, shared the State’s perspective on the importance of the trial and its effects on police brutality in Baltimore City.
“However fitting it is for outside observers to use the untimely death of Freddie Carlos Gray Jr. as a barometer for the nation’s progress on police brutality—my professional role in this matter is plain, it is my job to seek justice on behalf of a 25 year-old victim.” Mosby said as she opened her remarks.
During her speech she reiterated that her administration’s primary charge was to seek justice over convictions and hold individuals accountable “regardless of their age, race, color, sex or occupation.”
Mosby touched on her upbringing in a family full of police officers and pushed back hard on attacks that she is anti-police.
“For those that believe I am anti-police, that’s simply not the case. I am anti-police brutality.” Mosby declared.
Mosby made clear in her remarks that that it would not be in the best interest of judicial economy to continue to try the remaining cases. She thanked her deputies— Michael Schatzow and Janice Bledsoe—and the rest of the prosecution team for their hard work and defended the legal theories the State put forward in each of the cases.
She said that the 135 trial motions her team overcame, the appellate court victory that forced the officers to testify against one another, and the combined 35 motions for acquittal and summary judgment were proof that the State had legitimate reasons to pursue criminal charges against all six police officers involved in Gray’s death.
Mosby then highlighted a half-dozen tangible reforms that had been made within Baltimore Police Department since Gray’s death including: the deployment of body cameras, the requirement to seat belt arrestees, the mounting of cameras on patrol wagons, a new policy acknowledgement system that can prove officers receive new directives and two new policies regarding the “use of force” and directive to seek medical relief for those who need it or request it.
“As long as I am the Chief Prosecutor for this great city, that is what my office will fight for— a fair and equitable justice system for all so that whatever happened to Freddie Gray never happens to another person in this community again.” Mosby said in closing.