Young Prosecutor Takes On Freddie Gray Investigation

Marilyn Mosby is the state's attorney for Baltimore
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2015 4:08 PM CDT
Young Prosecutor Takes On Freddie Gray Investigation
Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor in Baltimore.   (http://www.stattorney.org/)

(Newser) – Baltimore's police department wrapped up its own investigation into Freddie Gray's death a day early and turned it over to the city's top prosecutor today, reports the Baltimore Sun. Now all eyes are on State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is in her fourth month on the job and at 35 is the youngest lead prosecutor in any major US city, reports NBC News. Her supporters, though, say she's perfect for the case. Police work runs in her family, but she campaigned for office talking tough against police brutality. "She has a natural affinity for police officers and law enforcement types, and at the same time, she is aware of the incredible number of complaints against the Baltimore city police department," says an attorney who knows her. "It was important to have somebody who was willing to look at it from both sides, and Marilyn Mosby fits the bill."

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Mosby's office released a statement emphasizing that it will conduct its own investigation into Gray's death and not just rely on the police report. One new wrinkle: Police revealed that the van carrying Gray made an additional, previously undisclosed, stop on the way to the police station, though the reason and significance aren't clear. The AP says the van stopped at "a desolate intersection with three vacant lots and a corner store." (Earlier, another prisoner in the van suggested that Gray was trying to injure himself, at least according to a police document cited by the Washington Post.)

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