Marilyn Mosby’s press conference on Friday, May 1 has definitely sparked controversy. Although its evident six Baltimore police officers were involved in the series of events that led to Freddie Gray’s death, many are wondering if Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s charges are based on credible facts. Now, why wouldn’t the charges be based on credible facts?
Well apparently, some opposing forces feel the charges were brought against the officers for “unlawful reasons.: Many have even bashed Mosby for announcing charges so soon, alleging that she did so in order to appease citizens instead of upholding the law. It’s no secret that the city of Baltimore, MD has been a battleground for violent riots, so some have accused Mosby of charging the officers in an effort to maintain peace. However, that’s not all.
As previously reported on Inquisitr, Mosby also has close ties to William “Billy” Murphy, the attorney representing Freddie Gray’s family. Apparently, Murphy is Mosby’s mentor and served as a substantial contributor to her political campaign four months ago. So, some feel there’s a possible conflict of interest where Mosby’s relationship with Murphy is concerned. Several news reports have actually questioned her ability to maintain the integrity of the case due to her relationship with Murphy and her commitment to the community. Although most of the previous, cynical claims were made by citizens, now there’s a group demanding that Mosby “remove herself” from the highly publicized case.
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) May 1, 2015
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is asking that Mosby step down from the Gray case due to “conflicts of interest.” In addition to her relationship with Murphy, the FOP is also citing the obvious, personal relationship with her husband, Councilman Nick Mosby.
Here’s an excerpt from the lengthy letter:
“I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case,” the letter states. “These conflicts include your personal and professional relations with Gray family attorney, William Murphy, and the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media. Based on several nationally televised interviews, these reporters are likely to be witnesses in any potential litigation regarding this incident.”
“Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation,” the letter states. “In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibility, I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed.”
“We recognize that there are many dimensions to this situation: the public sentiments — on all sides; the investigation being conducted by your office; the internal police investigation; and a necessary review of the tools, equipment, and resources afforded to Baltimore police officers in order to carry out their sworn duty as police officers.”
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