Marilyn Mosby (1980- ) is the state’s attorney (public prosecutor) for the US city of Baltimore, Maryland. Last week on Monday (April 27th 2015) there were riots over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police. On Friday (May 1st), Marilyn Mosby, gloriously righteous on the steps of city hall, charged all six officers with crimes, one of them with “second degree depraved heart murder”. There was dancing in the streets!
In Maryland, as in much of the US, killer cops are rarely charged with a crime – only 2%. Most public prosecutors are in bed with the police, who they depend on to win cases. On top of that, Mosby comes from a long line of police officers, five generations.
Mosby has only been in office four months. She won the office in a citywide election last year against the sitting state’s attorney, who outspent her four-to-one. But she promised something he apparently could not, despite all his money (or because of all his money): that “no one is above the law.” Not even the police.
- Catchphrase: “Our time is now.”
- Campaign song: “Wake Up Everybody”
- Favourite Bible verse: Isaiah 41:10:
“Fear not, for I am with you,
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you,
I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Purpose: She says God has put her here for a purpose. When she was 14, her 17-year-old cousin, mistaken for a drug dealer, was gunned down in front of her house. It made her determined to become a prosecutor no matter what.
Education: As a child, she took a two-hour bus ride every day to go to a good school. Later she went to Tuskegee University, becoming the first in her family to get a university degree. She got her law degree at Boston College, the same place as John Kerry.
She could have easily made a nice living being a lawyer for an insurance company, as she did for a time. Instead she moved to West Baltimore, the poor Black part of Baltimore that gave us Freddie Gray – and Thurgood Marshall. Her husband, Nick Mosby, represents that part of Baltimore on the city council.
“I don’t have to turn on the news and open up the newspaper in order to see the crime impacting my community. All I have to do is open up the door.”
Unlike the mayor and the president, she does not call the rioters “thugs”:
“Our young people, I know that they are called ‘thugs’, those are young people crying out in the sense of hopelessness in this city … They are not thugs, they are our children. They need us. They need us now.”
She still has to prove her charges against the six officers in a court of law. If she can send even one of them to prison for a long time, she could easily win the election for mayor. Some have already brought up the P-word: president.
– Abagond, 2015.
- Freddie Gray
- Bob McCulloch – her counterpart in the Michael Brown case.
- The extremely incomplete list of unarmed Blacks killed by police