Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six police officers implicated in the death of a 25-year-old black Baltimore resident named Freddie Gray. Her professional handling of the high-profile case has set the standard for her to become a political powerhouse. The powerful statements she made at the press conference to announce charges caused a striking political awakening. Here are seven things to know about Marilyn Mosby.
1. Mosby was raised by a single mother in inner city Boston. Many of her family members like Mosby’s mother, father, grandfather, and uncles were all police officers. She is no stranger to the workings of the police force.
2. Mosby graduated from Boston College Law School. She previously worked at an insurance company. Before being elected Baltimore City state’s attorney, she was Maryland’s assistant state’s attorney, working on prosecuting general trial felonies.
3. When she was elected in January 2015, Mosby was the youngest D.A. in America. The 35-year-old Democrat is now the “youngest chief prosecutor in a major U.S. city.”
4. While running for election, Mosby spoke out about losing her 17-year-old cousin to gun violence. “I learned very early on that the criminal justice system isn’t just the police, the judges, and the state’s attorney,” she said. “It’s much more than that. I believe that we are the justice system. We, the members of the community, are the justice system because we are the victims of crimes.”
5. Mosby’s husband is a Baltimore City Councilmember representing West Baltimore. He’s had some press by speaking out about the death of Freddie Gray, and even got into a heated discussion with a Fox News reporter over the looting that took place during some of the protests. They have two lovely daughters.
6. Gray’s family fully supports Mosby’s independent investigation. “We’re enthusiastic about the new prosecutor,” Gray’s lead attorney told NBC. “She comes to the office with a belief in the integrity of these kinds of investigations. We have much more confidence in her than we have in the police because there’s never been any level of confidence, nor should there be, in the police investigating themselves.”
7. She is a boss. “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,’” Mosby said during Friday’s press conference announcing the charges. “To the youth of this city: I will seek justice on your behalf.”
Source: NY Mag