Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 7/20/17

Today, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby joined various members of her team to address the recent body-worn camera footage released by the Office of the Public Defender depicting questionable actions by Baltimore Police officers.

The State’s Attorney was joined by Deputy State’s Attorney of Criminal Intelligence Janice Bledsoe, Deputy State’s Attorney of Major Crimes Patricia DeMaio, and Chief Counsel Antonio Gioia, as well as Division Chiefs and Assistant State’s Attorneys (ASA). 

While the State’s Attorney was unable to discuss the substance of the matter, as it is still an open and pending investigation by the Baltimore Police Department, she called a press conference in an effort to be transparent, negate misinformation, and inform the community of the proactive steps taken by the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in pursuit of justice.   

“Building trust is a top priority for this administration,” said State’s Attorney Mosby. “Our office has worked diligently to break down barriers of distrust in the criminal justice system and will continue to ensure the pursuit of justice for all.”

During the press conference, the State’s Attorney released the following timeline of events:

  • February 21, 2017—Defendant was indicted for Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute.
  • March 31, 2017— The Office of the Public Defender entered their appearance at the Arraignment.
  • April 17, 2017—Discovery, which included the body worn camera footage in question, was provided to the defense.
  • On or about July 6, 2017—Upon review of the case, the ASA conveyed an offer for a plea to jail time one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance due to the (1) pill of heroin allegedly found on the defendant's person, evidence not related to the that seen in the video in question
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 after 11:00 PM—The defense attorney made the ASA aware of his concerns regarding the body worn camera footage and suggested that they resolve the matter by allowing his client to plead guilty with time served.
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the morning—The assigned prosecutor met with his supervisor, reviewed the video, and together they determined that in the interest of justice that the case should be dismissed in its entirety. The ASA, then, immediately notified the Assistant Public Defender of his decision to dismiss the case.
  • Friday, July 14, 2017—The ASA dismissed the charges; and, the supervisor contacted the Division Chief for Evidence Review and requested that she review the body worn camera footage in its entirety, which included 10 videos. 
  • Monday, July 17, 2017— Upon completion of reviewing all 10 videos, not just the (one) video that was published by the Public Defender’s Office, the Division Chief for Evidence Review contacted the Deputy State’s Attorney of Criminal Intelligence and the Division Chief of Public Trust and Police Integrity; and, pursuant to office protocol, immediately referred the matter to the Internal Affairs Division of the Baltimore Police Department and began internally notifying all Assistant State’s Attorneys handling active cases involving these officers.

The State’s Attorney announced a team of prosecutors that will begin the assessment and review of the sufficiency evidence in each case, considering each officer’s involvement in each particular case. The team will include Chief Counsel Antonio Gioia, Division Chief of Narcotics MiaBeth Marosy; Division Chief of Public Trust and Police Integrity StacyAnn Llewelyn; as well as, Assistant State’s Attorney Ali Pearson of the Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit and a former defense attorney.

So far, close to 100 cases where the officers had some involvement have been identified.The State’s Attorney stated that this is a very delicate process that not only requires time but requires thorough evaluation.

“This is a matter of public safety and we are laser-focused on this particular incident,” said State’s Attorney Mosby. “I hope that the community can see that the actions we took, and are currently taking, are in the pursuit of justice, as well as to reinforce the public's trust in the criminal justice system.”

View the full press conference here.