Tensions are high in Baltimore. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on Thursday that the six police officers involved in the “murder” of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.
Mosby has faced much criticism due to her overly aggressive pursuit of the Freddie Gray case. Her announcement of serious charges including manslaughter, assault, and “depraved heart” murder came before the investigation was even completed.
Gray, a young black man living in the area in which Mosby’s husband works as city councilman, died from injuries he sustained while in police custody. It’s easy to see a conflict of interest here, especially considering Mosby’s social justice activism in regards to Baltimore’s black population.
Baltimore erupted into protests and riots after the young man’s death. The violence became so serious that a state of emergency was declared and the Mayor implemented a temporary curfew. That’s when Mosby stepped up, as she has with several other cases involving young black individuals who have found themselves on the wrong side of the bars.
The past two weeks have seen lots of evidence presented to the jury. New information resulted in a modification of the original charges. When asked about the changes, Mosby refused to answer any questions.
Gray’s neighborhood wasn’t too excited to hear the good news on Thursday. They see the indictment as a first step, but what they really want is a conviction.
Many have called for a replacement prosecutor, accusing Mosby of conflicts of interest both personal and political and have referred to her behavior as “overzealous prosecution.”
The protests continue as Baltimore’s ethnic population along with others across the country cry out for justice. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Police Department, surprised by the indictments and claiming innocence, is currently undergoing a civil rights investigation. The arraignment is scheduled for July second.