BALTIMORE, MD –Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney is making headlines again, this time for seemingly making an obscene hand gesture, which was caught on video. After initially denying the claim, she is now admitting it, but saying she was acting out of self defense.
Marilyn Mosby, who famously prosecuted the police officers in the Freddy Gray case, is now prosecuting a case that is causing advocated to speak up.
A video, which was posted to Twitter, shows an interaction between Mosby and one of those advocates, while he rode his bicycle past her. As seen in the video, the man on the bike rode by Mosby while in Harbor East in Baltimore and said ‘Free Keith Davis, Jr., free Keith Davis, Jr.”.
Davis, Jr. is involved in a murder case, tried by Mosby and her office, that is now reportedly being re-tried for the fifth time.
Davis was sentenced in March of 2020 in the murder of Keith Jones. Jones was working at Pimlico Racetrack as a security guard in 2015. Davis was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder on July 26, 2019, Fox5 news reported.
The video ends with Mosby raising her hand and seemingly giving the person on the bike, now known to be Sean Gearhart, the middle finger.
The video sparked outrage by some activists, including Davis Jr.’s wife, Kelly Davis.
Kelly Davis wrote:
“I was shocked and horrified to watch Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby give a profane gesture to a vocal advocate regarding a case her office is currently prosecuting,”
“It is clear that she has a personal bias towards by husband, Keith Davis, Jr., and we the Davis Family are asking for an immediate removal and review. There should be no question that this is MALICIOUS PROSECUTION and it has been since day one.”
City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby caught not just in immature act, but then publicly lying about it and knowingly posting a misleading photo of the episode. This is someone Baltimore is supposed to trust as its top prosecutor? https://t.co/WWpcQkc3R7
— Ron Cassie (@ron_cassie) May 21, 2021
In a defensive move, The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office posted a screenshot of the video, showing what they say is Mosby giving the thumbs-up gesture, not a middle finger.
A source obtained the original video of Mosby's gesture (not the social media upload). They took screenshots of the key moments in questions (their annotations). It would appear pretty clearly here that a middle finger was raised before the thumb shot… https://t.co/SrOBV2s8fU pic.twitter.com/lCiXB5XmYu
— Justine Barron (@jewstein3000) May 20, 2021
With the picture, the post read:
“This is clearly a thumb guys – enough already. Let’s move on,”
But this isn’t personal?A current Baltimore City State’s Attorney gave the middle finger to a constituent simply because he said #FreeKeithDavisJr this is truly i appropriate and further proof we should be demanding these charges against Keith be dropped pic.twitter.com/MtvupYhNga
— #FreeKeithDavisJr (@50ShadesofKellz) May 19, 2021
NEW | I just got these photos sent to me: if you just saw my story on @FOXBaltimore, these photos are even clearer.
From the video it was difficult to tell if Baltimore City SA Marilyn Mosby flipped the person off. Her office said it was a thumbs up.
These photos clear it up. pic.twitter.com/31AM6QLxga
— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) May 20, 2021
Richard Vatz, a professor of rhetoric at Towson University, commented on the incident, saying:
“You can imagine that there are people that you wouldn’t even have this debate because their reputation is so stellar that you wouldn’t even have this debate,”
Fox5 reported that Vatz said Mosby has the right to give someone the middle finger, given she has the right to free speech as well, but the fact that there is a question about denial and the act itself from a public official is questionable.
Gearhart reportedly told the Sun that Mosby did give him the middle finger, and “the whole ordeal lasted 10 seconds.”
Now, after tremendous amounts of backlash, Mosby of reversing her lie about giving a thumbs up, and saying she did in fact give the man the finger, but she did so because she “felt threatened”.
Mosby said in a statement to the Sun:
“Last night while I was out with work colleagues, an unmasked male stranger aggressively biked towards me and two female friends and shouted into my face,”
Mosby went on to say:
“As he biked off, I responded in the way any normal woman would to a threatening strange man.”
Mosby continues to make negative headlines for various reasons. Recently, Law Enforcement Today reported that Mosby, along with her husband Nick Mosby are currently the subject of a federal grand jury investigation. Here is more on that story.
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BALTIMORE, MD- Karma has a way of catching up with people.
Such is the case of onetime Democrat darling Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore State’s Attorney whose claim to fame was prosecuting six Baltimore police officers in the Freddy Gray case, all of whom were either acquitted or had their charges dropped. More on that in a bit.
Mosby, along with her husband Nick Mosby are currently the subject of a federal grand jury investigation, according to Fox News and numerous other media outlets.
Fox reported that the grand jury issued a number of subpoenas in the case, including one to the Union Baptist Church, according to documents obtained by Fox 45. Nick Mosby is the president of the Baltimore City Council. Sources told Fox 45 that the F.B.I served the multiple subpoenas.
According to the outlet, one of the subpoenas was served on Marilyn Mosby’s campaign treasurer Sharif Small, who forwarded the subpoena to the State Board of Elections. Sources say the couple is being investigated over their income taxes, Marilyn Mosby’s campaign finance reports, as well as personal businesses.
Items being requested under the subpoenas include the couple’s tax documents and related schedules for the years between 2014 to 2020, as well as spreadsheets, notes, receipts checks and bank statements.
In addition to those items, the subpoena also asks for all political records, including campaign finance records from the “Friends of Marilyn Mosby.” The couple’s private businesses area also part of the investigation.
Prosecutors have requested records from a company started by Nick Mosby, Monumental Squared, LLC as well as three businesses started by Marilyn Mosby: Mahogany Elite Enterprises, LLC, Mahogany Elite Travel, and Mahogany Elite Consulting.
Sounds like Marilyn Mosby has a lot of time on her hands outside of trying to prosecute trumped up charges on Baltimore police officers.
An attorney for the Union Baptist Church in Baltimore confirmed to Fox 45 that they had been served with a subpoena and the Mosby’s were the target of the investigation.
According to Robert Fulton Dashiell, federal investigators were focusing on how much, if any the couple donated to the church during a specific time period.
Dashiell confirmed a small donation by the Mosby’s, who are not members of the church, however described the contribution as miniscule.
“I spend more monthly at Starbucks than the Mosby’s gave during the time period,” he said.
He did not give a specific amount, however said it was much less than $200.
Mosby’s attorney slammed the investigation and referred to it as a “witch hunt” when its existence was first revealed by Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun.
“On behalf of Nick and Marilyn Mosby, my clients are progressive change agents, making them unfair targets of unnecessary scrutiny by federal investigators.
Nevertheless, I can assure you and the people of Baltimore, they have done nothing illegal, inappropriate, or unlawful. This is a political witch hunt in its purest form, and both of them will vigorously and fully defend themselves.
In the interim, I’ve advised them to refrain from making any further comments, on these matters.
As they’ve done with every other baseless charge and investigation lodged against them, they have every intent to fully cooperate with the investigation lodged against them, they have every intent to fully cooperate with the investigation, to fight for the truth to come out, while continuing to fight for the citizens of a city that they both love and are blessed to serve.”
Fox 45 reported that reaction to the news has been muted thus far, with acting U.S. Maryland Attorney Jonathan Lenzner saying he wasn’t “in a position to say anything” about the investigation when queried about I Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City), who worked with Nick Mosby when he was a state delegate also didn’t have much to say.
“My first thought was to think about their two daughters and my heart goes out to them,” Ferguson said.
He continued that the investigatory process existed for a reason and noted that more details would be forthcoming as the investigation proceeds.
“We’ll see how it plays out,” he said.
Fox 45 said the Mosby’s have been the center of some questionable matters during their time in Baltimore politics. For example, the inspector general’s office was told that gifts given to Marilyn Mosby were auctioned off for charity at a “Winter Solstice Gala.”
Moreover, according to a recent report from that office, there was no evidence that some of the gifts had in fact been donated or auctioned off.
However, a spokesman for Marilyn Mosby’s office, Zy Richardson told Fox 45 in a statement that:
“Any insinuation suggesting the OIG [Office of the Inspector General] found ‘no evidence’ that gifts were donated by the State’s Attorney is outright false and purposely mischaracterizes the truth.”
Last October, the IRS filed a tax lien against the Mosby’s home, claiming failure to pay $45,000 in back taxes for the years 2014 through 2016.
Nick Moby defended himself against those accusations in a statement:
“I have been in ongoing conversations with the IRS for five years about the tax consequences of an early withdrawal from my retirement savings plan, which I did to support unplanned expenses after a series of family tragedies. I expect to have the issue resolved in the coming days.”
Numerous questions have also been raised about Marilyn Mosby jet-setting around the country without approval. Baltimore’s OIG found that she should have received approval fore 15 of the 24 trips she took which are currently under investigation.
Nick Mosby meanwhile also has some funky stuff going on with his campaign for City Council President. He had a gap of $100,000 in his campaign finance filing, and miraculously filled that gap with campaign finance filings after Fox 45 released the report.
Fox 45 has repeatedly asked Nick Mosby to release his tax returns, a request which has thus far been ignored.
Marilyn Mosby is also a “Friend of KH” [Kamala Harris]. In September 2019, Mosby posted a picture of her husband and her with Kamala Harris at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner in Phoenix, Arizona.
Harris also helped fundraise for Marilyn Mosby along with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) at a fundraiser in 2017 in Los Angeles.
In May 2015, Marilyn Mosby charged six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddy Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a severe spinal cord injury ostensibly while in police custody in April of that year. The officers were charged with crimes ranging from murder to manslaughter and assault, MSNBC reported at the time.
Gray had been arrested for possession of a switchblade, and then while enroute to a Baltimore PD lockup somehow sustained the spinal cord injury.
Mosby was widely criticized for the theater of her press conference where she announced the charges against the officers. Some theorized that Mosby charged the officers to avoid the typical riots that follow such incidents, especially if officers do not face criminal charges, even if there is no probable cause.
Mosby said during her words that:
“I assured his family that no one is above the law, and I would pursue justice on their behalf,” while using her family’s ties to law enforcement as some type of proof that she wasn’t biased in her “investigation.”
The following statement, however, is what drew the ire of a lot of people, including police officers nationwide:
“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
However, by July of the next year, three officers had been acquitted of all charges, and Mosby was forced to drop charges against the other three officers.
For someone who was once considered a rising star in the Democratic party and who some had suggested for either the Senate or Congress, her star fell faster than Kevin Harvick at the Daytona 500.
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