Maryland – Can we just acknowledge that Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby does not particularly care for police officers?
After a police sergeant was shown on video being viciously attacked by a mob of miscreants while trying to make an arrest on Friday, one would think that Mosby would have taken to the microphone and condemned the dirtbags who attacked the officers.
Not Mosby. Who did she criticize? The police union representing Baltimore police officers. She accused the police union of “fanning the very flames they then call on me to put out,” saying the union responded to the attack on the sergeant with “inappropriate political rhetoric.”
— Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) January 18, 2020
Thankfully the sergeant was not seriously injured, however Maryland’s governor, as well as the city’s mayor and police commissioner all condemned the mob’s behavior, and also praised the work of the sergeant.
Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 held nothing back, however in blaming city officials for the attack. Mancuso said that the behavior of the crowd was “indicative of a broken city that is being led by people who have absolutely no real time crime plan, or it seems even know how to formulate one.”
— Baltimore SAO (@BaltimoreSAO) January 18, 2020
Last year, Baltimore set a per-capita record for homicides, and also had the former mayor, Catherine Pugh, resign under a cloud and subsequently plead guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion charges connected to sales of her self-published children’s book.
In the tweet,Mancuso continues, “Crime in Baltimore is out of control and until new leadership is elected and appointed, this lack of respect for the law and those who enforce it will continue and deepen.”
This is the current climate in #Baltimore disturbing and humiliating. I’m sure going to work under these conditions is making it harder day by day for most. #stayalertstayalive #Policing in 2020 #ThisIsBaltimore a broken City!! pic.twitter.com/YqoYlkcPjw
— Daniel Barahona???? (@GlobalSETT) January 18, 2020
In fact, Mancuso’s sentiments also extend to the governor’s office. Earlier in the week, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is a Republican, said that Baltimore’s Democrat city leaders lacked a plan for addressing crime.
“It really takes some leadership in the city to start getting tough,” Hogan said, speaking at a Maryland National Guard event. “There’s no crime plan, there’s no continuity, and it’s just simply unacceptable that people are being shot and killed in the streets every single day, and people are fed up with it,” Baltimore station WBAL-TV reported.
“Clearly the Commissioner did not fully appreciate the severity of the situation in which our brave Brother found himself, despite its blatancy,” he said in a statement.“He cannot treat our membership with disdain on a daily basis, then run to defend them when it suits his political agenda.”
Mancuso wasn’t done there.
He continued, in speaking about the Mayor, “Go have your walk on Pennsylvania Ave., spew your rhetoric about the failed crime plan, and tell everyone how tough you are on criminals. We all know the truth is that you are in way over your head! Attacking me is just another attempt to take the heat off your failed leadership.”
In a statement, Young said that the attack on the sergeant was a “reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face on the job.While we’re all thankful that the sergeant was not seriously injured, the situation could have easily turned more dangerous.” He also noted that one arrest has been made and that police were “actively searching for others.”
Back to Mosby, who is clearly out of her league as a “prosecutor” in Baltimore. You remember her, don’t you? She is the prosecutor who charged six Baltimore police officers in the Freddy Gray case back in 2015, where all six officers subsequently were either found not guilty or had their charges dropped. Mosby fancied herself as some kind of rising star in the Democrat party and likely had her sights set on bigger things when she tripped and fell on her face with the Gray case.
Mosby famously held a press conference when she announced the arrests of the six officers, where she tried to invoke the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King:
“To the people of Baltimore, and the demonstrators across America, I have heard your call of ‘No justice, no peace,’” she said. “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
Mosby, you are no Dr. King. Maybe more along the lines of “Reverend” Al Sharpton, the ultimate conman. But we digress.
Mosby was NOT a happy camper, launching a tirade against Mancuso and the leadership of the police union. Not just happy with blasting union leadership, she also went after other members of the police department. She further accused the police union of being “relentlessly divisive” and accused the union of “hypocritical finger-pointing.”
“The same sense of outrage in this case should be expressed by the leaders of the police union when their officers are convicted of attempted murder, assault and unlawful arrest against citizens,” Mosby wrote.Mosby could not help herself. Any chance she gets to throw police officers under the bus, she is more than happy to take.
Rank and file Baltimore police officers and Mosby have a history of a contentious relationship.
Last year, Mosby identified 305 city police officers whom she said have “integrity concerns.”Mosby presented the list to a state policing commission which had been formed to “identify department issues that fostered a corrupt police unit.” Mosby said that the integrity concerns basically means those officers will not be able to testify in court.
Brian Nadeau, the deputy commissioner of the department’s Public Integrity Bureau told the commission that most of the listed officers do not have credibility issues, however, did identify 22 officers on the list who should not be allowed to testify.Only two of those officers are still on the Baltimore PD.
“Nobody on that list that I wouldn’t have working on the street, making cases,” Nadeau said.
The number represents nearly 15 percent of the city’s 2,300 member police force.
One of the commission members and an attorney, Sean Malone remained concerned about the number of officers on the list, saying “That’s just a disturbing number.”
Nadeau downplayed that concern, noting that “quite a few” officers named were subjects of complaints that were not sustained.
Nadeau was also concerned that the state’s attorney’s “hit list” can also be used by defense attorneys to benefit their clients under what is known as “Brady/Giglio material, or exculpatory information.
While noting that the state’s attorney’s office has a much broader policy for disclosure of information to defense than other agencies, Mosby’s deputy Michal Schatzow noted that material passed on to defense attorneys isn’t necessarily admissible in court.
Mosby related that the list served two purposes. One to identify material that should be shared with defense attorneys, and secondly to alert the department of any possible issues with its officers.
“We think it’s important for the police department to make a determination of what they are going to do with their employees,” she said.
She also said the list is “fluid, something we update rather frequently,” noting that it went from 183 names to 212 to the current list of about 305 since October. Apparently, the list only goes up, not down.
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Baltimore police spokesman Matt Jablow stated in an email, “We are aware of the list and the officers who are on it.”
Some of the issues involve current Internal Affairs investigations that could result in discipline, though there are many officers who are on the list despite allegations of wrongdoing that were not sustained.
At the time of the announcement, public defenders in the city said that they would expect Mosby’s office to release the list, since it raises questions about the officer’s credibility.
“We do not have any information about whether the State’s attorney has compiled a list of officers with credibility issues,” said Melissa Rothstein, spokeswoman for the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, in an email. “If so, this would be classic Brady material, constitutionally required for disclosure, that we would expect to get a copy of.”
“Brady material” refers to the Brady/Giglio information referenced earlier.
Of course, private defense attorneys are also all over this.
“If she does have a list, she should publish it so we would know in case they [the officers] slip through the cracks and are called,” said Warren Brown, a defense attorney in the city. “A lot of defendants plead guilty on the advice of their lawyer because it’s a police officer’s word against yours. I would love to know who’s on this list so I could go back and see if they have testified in any of my cases.”
The forum that Mosby was speaking at was a town-hall forum on policing sponsored by Players Coalition, a non-profit founded by former NFL players Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins to promote “social justice and racial equality.” Of course, the NFL is very familiar with crime and criminals. However, that is another story.
During the forum, Mosby referenced a past high profile corruption case in the Baltimore PD, Gun Trace Task Force, where eight former members of the department’s gun squad were convicted of federal racketeering crimes and sentenced to prison terms from eight to 25 years. During a year-long investigation, more than a dozen other BPD officers were discredited. As a result, they petitioned courts in December to throw out nearly 800 criminal cases that related in particular to 25 police officers.
“Some of these allegations were rather egregious, like GTTF. That’s an extreme, planting guns and drugs on individuals. And yet, they were still employed, right? And they were putting us in a position where in essence we’re not going to call them, right? But it’s incumbent on the department to do something with their employees,” Mosby said.
Meanwhile, police officers in Baltimore have a target on their backs and crime is out of control. Mosby would be better served, as would the city of Baltimore, if she tried to work alongside police to develop solid anti-crime strategies and work as partners instead of trying to pad her resume as some type of criminal justice reformer.
We will not hold our breath waiting for that to happen.
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