"For those that believe that I'm anti-police, it's simply not the
case. I'm anti-police brutality. And I need not remind you that the
only loss -- and the greatest loss -- in all of this was that of
Freddie Gray's life," Mosby told reporters Wednesday.
Gray died at hospital April 19, 2015, from a fatal spinal cord
injury, one week after he was taken into custody. Prosecutors
argued the 25-year-old suffered the injury while being
transported "handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained"
inside a police van. It is against police policy to transport a
prisoner without proper restraints such as a seat belt.
Gray's mysterious death turned the largely black city near the
nation's capital into a tinderbox. Mostly peaceful
demonstrations erupted in pockets of looting and rioting in the
hours after Gray's funeral. A citywide curfew was put into
effect, and National Guard troops joined Baltimore police in an
attempt to maintain order.
handed their investigative files
to the state attorney's officer a day earlier than planned,
supporters of the former insurance company lawyer expressed
confidence in Mosby's ability to handle the volatile case.
"We're enthusiastic about the new prosecutor," said William
"Billy" Murphy Jr., a former Baltimore judge who is lead
attorney for Gray's family. "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."
Mosby said last year that while police regularly briefed her
office on their findings, her team would conduct its own
independent probe into the death.
"We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to
trust the process of the justice system," she said.
Mosby is married to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby,
who represents areas of West Baltimore where riots erupted
in April 2015. The Mosbys have two young daughters.
"She's a strong woman," Nick Mosby told CNN at the time.
"She was built for this. ... I was at church service the
other day and they were talking about being at the right
place with the right person at the right time. I know her
heart has always been convicted to ensure that justice will
be served fairly and equally across the board."
Cousin's death brought exposure to criminal justice system
During her campaign against Gregg Bernstein in 2014, Mosby
spoke about the broad-daylight shooting death of her
17-year-old cousin on her front doorstep.
"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."
Mosby said her cousin's 1994 murder was her introduction to
the criminal justice system.
"Having to go to court and deal with prosecutors," she said.
"Having to go to court and see my neighbor who had the
courage and audacity to cooperate with the police ... to
testify in court and the way the district attorney's office
treated my family is something that inspired me."
Mosby, who grew up in Boston, is the youngest chief
prosecutor of any major American city, according to the
state's attorney's website.
At age 6, Mosby was accepted into a school desegregation
program in Massachusetts. She later participated in a study
of the civil rights movement.
"After having that awesome experience I knew I wanted to be
an attorney," she said during her campaign.
A. Dwight Pettit, a civil rights attorney and Mosby
supporter, said at the time charges were filed against the
six officers that he felt Mosby would "deliver on doing it
right, and getting it right. I'm confident in that."
"She's very dedicated and part of what she campaigned on was
bringing integrity to the office, and so I believe that she
will move in a methodical way," he said. "And I think that
she will follow where the evidence leads. I do not think she
will follow just public opinion."
Prosecutor said it's time to rebuild trust
When she was sworn in as chief prosecutor in January 2015,
Mosby brought up the lack of trust between the community and
"Our time to repair that trust, to come together
collectively as a community to start to break down the
barriers to progress in our communities is now," she said.
Mosby added, "As a black woman who understands just
how much the criminal justice system
disproportionately affects communities of color, I
will seek justice on your behalf."
Mosby is African-American, as are Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake and other leading Baltimore
officials. About 63% of Baltimore's population is
black, but the city faces stunning
black and white residents when it comes to income,
employment, poverty, housing, incarceration and