Marilyn Mosby addresses historic Baltimore murder increase

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby on Sunday addressed the city's historic spike in homicides in an interview on WBAL-TV.

In July, 45 people were killed -- the highest number in modern history. The city is on pace for more than 300 killings this year.


Mosby said the key to driving down the murder rate is for prosecutors and police to re-establish trust with the community.

She noted her prosecutors have recently sent several killers behind bars for life, and are partnering with city police on a new "War Room" initiative -- in which city and federal agencies work in close collaboration.

"This is the home of witness intimidation, where that 'Stop Snitching' mentality began," Mosby said. "We have to build the trust of the community back up. ... We're absolutely on top of it."

She noted that two men the city police have dubbed "Public Enemy No. 1" are now serving long prison sentences due to her office's prosecutions. This year, Darryl Martin Anderson, a reputed gang hit man with a long rap sheet, was sentenced to life plus 240 years, while Capone Chase, a 21-year-old gang member was sentenced to life plus 50 years for killing a man on a Baltimore playground.

"The police do their jobs," Mosby said. "They get these individuals off the streets. I have the most talented, skilled prosecutors in the country. They do their job. But we can't do our job without the community. ... They're now facing those life sentences because the community stepped up."

Mosby also addressed the Freddie Gray case, which will have a motions hearing this week. Gray, 25, died in police custody this year. Six officers are charged in his death.

"It's about applying justice fairly and equally. I don't see this case any differently than I see any other case," Mosby said of the case. "This is about justice. It's not about anything else."