Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who sought prosecution against six policemen in connection with the arrest of Freddie Gray, is facing a new challenge these days.
Two of the officers she tried to take down after Gray’s death have now sued her for defamation and invasion of privacy. Sgt. Alicia White and officer William Porter filed a suit against Mosby and Maj. Sam Cogen of the Baltimore sheriff’s department, according to The Daily Caller.
The suit alleged that Mosby and Cogen were well aware the allegations brought against the police were false, but filed them anyway to put an end to the riots that wreaked havoc the city.
Michael Glass, an attorney working the case for the officers, told The Daily Caller that he planned to modify the suit to include the likely counts of “malicious prosecution, false arrest, false imprisonment (and) violation of the Maryland declaration of rights, article 24 and 26.”
Glass said the policemen arrested were “essentially sacrificed” and that White was accused of murder though she never even touched Gray.
The policemen face charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Officer Porter has been tried once, but the case ended in a mistrial. He’ll face another trial later this year.
“The main basis for damages first of course is the lack of income for the better part of year now,” Glass said.
Some legal experts agree that the case is a difficult one because prosecutors have broad immunity.
Nevertheless, Glass argued that when Mosby used the language she did to quell the riots in the city, she stepped outside her role as prosecutor and should not be afforded the immunity that comes with the position.
If you’ll recall, Mosby stood before the city at a press conference in May 2015 and said, “I heard your calls for, ‘No Justice, No peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
Mosby knew when she made those remarks, she was stacking the deck against the officers. Ever since she uttered those words, she been looking for ways — legal or illegal — to bring them down.
Let’s hope they find some kind of justice in this matter.
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