The fallout is still ongoing after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the charges against officers in the Freddie Gray case. At least one juror has spoken out publicly and now, Baltimore’s former police commissioner is also expressing intense criticism of Mosby.
Jurors in the Freddie Gray case had been under a gag order until all of the trials of the officers were over, but now the former jurors are free to talk. The Baltimore Sun spoke with attorney Susan Elgin, one of the 12 jurors in the trial of Officer William Porter.
“The above stated verdicts reflect the honest and best judgment of our jury on the evidence presented at trial,” Elgin said in a statement provided to the Sun on Friday. “We listened carefully to the court’s instructions and did our best to apply the law given to us to the facts proven in the courtroom. It was not an easy task and we had legitimate differences of opinion, but the justice system was well served in this case.”
Porter had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
Marilyn Mosby blasted police investigators for thwarting her case against the officers in a press conference explaining why she decided to drop charges in the case.
“There were individual police officers who were witnesses to the case, yet were part of the investigative team,” said Mosby. “Interrogations that were conducted without asking the most poignant questions, lead investigators that were totally uncooperative and started a counter-investigation to disprove the state’s case by not executing search warrants pertaining to text messages among the police officers involved in the case.”
Mosby also said the judge did not agree with the prosecution’s theory of the case. In doing so, Mosby explained why successful prosecutions of police officers are near impossible due to the level of corruption in many (if not most) police departments.
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In an interview with WJZ, Mosby said she has no plans of resigning her post.
“So what I can say is that I was elected by the people of Baltimore City, and there’s no way–absolutely no way–that I will ever resign. With regards to the lawsuits, they’re still pending and open and I can’t make a comment.”
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who is also black, called Mosby “incompetent” and “vindictive”:
In response, Mosby said Batts began spreading misinformation after Freddie Gray’s death and she warned him about it at the time.
“People are going to get angry about that and start burning things down,” Mosby recalled telling Batts.
When asked about Batts’ assessment of her as incompetent, Mosby said “I think there’s a reason why he’s no longer the commissioner” and said he had displayed a “lack of leadership.”
Watch Mosby’s interview below: