5/1 UPDATE: Marilyn Mosby just charged all six officers with crimes ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. I seriously doubted that someone with such deep ties to the police could do so, but I was wrong.
Everything in me wants to say that the fix is in. I'll stop just short of that.
Early Thursday, the full investigation into the death of Freddie Gray was handed over to Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby. She's pretty much the only person in her family who isn't a police officer. Both of her parents, her grandfather, two aunts, and three uncles have been police officers.
"She has a natural affinity for police officers and law enforcement types, and at the same time, she is aware of the incredible number of complaints against the Baltimore City police department," said Richard Woods, a Baltimore-based attorney whose practice is primarily criminal defense work.
Even a quick glance at her online photos
shows her at parties and retirement celebrations for Baltimore police officers.
Will she be like St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch? His father, brother, nephew, and cousin were all police officers his mother was a clerk for the police for over 20 years. It was in his blood. From the start he showed no real affinity for prosecuting Darren Wilson and is universally believed to have done a terrible job with the grand jury.
Special prosecutors are needed in cases of police violence. It's far too clear that the system is doing a terrible job investigating itself.
Maybe Prosecutor Mosby will do a great job holding officers accountable for what they did to Freddie Gray. I'd be shocked, though. What would her family think?