Moments after Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that the city would be filing charges against the six officers involved in the injuries that led to the death of Freddie Gray on Friday the Fraternal Order of Police for Baltimore City Lodge 3 issued an open letter asking her to appoint a Special Independent Prosecutor.
An Open Letter to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby 5/1/2015 pic.twitter.com/iUJ7elR3bq
— Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) May 1, 2015
In the letter, written by president Gene Ryan, the union lists what they see as conflicts of interest for the prosecutor’s office conducting the investigation. These conflicts include Mosby’s relationship with the Gray family lawyer, the lead prosecutor’s connections with local media and her husband’s political future. Her husband Nick Mosby is a Baltimore City councilman who has spoken out about the Freddie Gray situation.
Union president Gene Ryan released the open letter before the press conference announcing the charges against the six officers involved with Freddie Gray’s arrest. In the letter, Ryan argues that “as tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray.” He also added that the officers had “at all times … diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.”
This is Mosby’s first stint as an elected official; she is the youngest top prosecutor in any major American city and comes from a family of law enforcement professionals. Mosby was outspoken about police brutality during her campaign saying, “police brutality is completely inexcusable. I’m going to apply justice fairly, even to those who wear a badge.”
The city attorney’s office has not issued a response to this letter at this time.