The opinion piece by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby ("Marilyn Mosby: I 'knew that nothing would be the same' after charging police officers in Freddie Gray's death," May 1) begs a response, and on behalf of the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department, I will provide it. I am sure that, as she states, Ms. Mosby did not bring the charges against our six members lightly; however, she didn't bring them correctly either. Though there are those who would consider her intentions to have been noble, we still hold that they were biased against our members, at best. Four times she or her team members appeared before Judge Barry Williams with their evidence and legal knowledge, and each time they were refuted. And, at the end of it all, not one of the officers charged was convicted of any crimes in the death of Freddie Gray.
In her piece, she states, "My actions on that day have been scrutinized repeatedly, and perhaps we will never reach a consensus on what should have occurred in this case." We believe that there was a consensus, repeatedly. Our members did not cause the death of Mr. Gray nor did they set about to intentionally harm him. Ms. Mosby, with all of her self-proclaimed altruism, was not able to prove otherwise nor would she be able to if she tried again today. The evidence was not there, and it remains unclear, three years later, why she felt it necessary to attempt to ruin the lives of six brave officers.
Ms. Mosby is a candidate for re-election as state's attorney, and her pandering for votes on the back of our members is repulsive, to say the least. From the moment she took office, almost four years ago, she has repeatedly worked to destroy the relationship between her office and our agency, and the proof is in the fact that crime numbers in our city have been continually climbing since that time. It is imperative in a healthy society that the various branches of the judicial system be able to trust each other and work together to strengthen the bonds of safety and security for the citizens. Unfortunately, Ms. Mosby's lack of trust of and cooperation with the members of the Baltimore Police Department has gone a long way to assist in the decline of the safety of those citizens. We urge Ms. Mosby to drop her antagonism and obvious distrust of the Baltimore Police Department and do the work that she was elected to do. If her biases prohibit her from doing so, then the voters should reconsider her usefulness.
Gene Ryan, Baltimore
The writer is president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #3.
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