BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was part of a program on justice and voting rights.
She told an audience at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition in ChicagoSaturday the decision to prosecute officers in the death of Freddie Gray has led to positive change in the Baltimore Police department.
Mosby has not said if she’ll seek re-election next year, but did say police reform comes through local elections, and used her own as an example.
“Fighting for justice on behalf of Freddie Gray, I refused to give up,” says Mosby.
Mosby’s office charged six Baltimore police officers in the death of Gray, whose arrest on a city street was captured on cellphone video.
The charges that Gray was fatally injured while in police custody, followed violent unrest.
And while prosecutors failed to make their case, Mosby told the group the charges brought changes.
“In spite of the fact that the six police officers were not convicted and held personally accountable for the death of Freddie Gray, justice had prevailed because now every Baltimore police officer is being held accountable for the actions of a few. And what happened to Freddie Gray should never happen to another person who comes in contact with police justifiably or unjustifiably again,” says Mosby.
Mosby told the group criminal justice reform in Baltimore and around the country is a national priority for African Americans.
“Any and all steps towards equality in our justice system is well worth fighting for.”
Mosby took office five months before the Freddie Gray case.
Mosby also called for action against what she called self-inflicted genocide in African American communities.
Five of the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case have suedMosbyy for malicious prosecution.