Former Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby faces up to 40 years behind bars after being convicted on Tuesday of one count of mortgage fraud. Those within law enforcement circles are celebrating the conviction, blasting the former state’s attorney for the damage her tenure cost the city.
Mosby’s critics say they "can’t wait" to see Mosby behind bars, who faces the up to 4 decades-long sentence after being found guilty of one count of mortgage fraud in connection with using claims of Covid hardship to pull funds from her retirement and buy a condo in Florida’s Gulf Coast, and claiming that $5,000 she received for the down payment on the property came from her ex-husband.
Dave Goitia, a police officer and Medal of Valor recipient told the Daily Mail, "The consequences of that failed leadership are going to last for generations. The victims are the people of Baltimore that suffer violent crime because of a police department that is completely demoralized."
Betsy Brantner Smith, a former police sergeant, told the outlet she "can’t wait" for Mosby’s sentencing, and criticized the impact Mosby’s tenure had on police relations in Baltimore.
Mosby was criticized for her handling of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody, which sparked riots and looting across the city that only ebbed when Mosby brought forth charges against the six officers involved in arresting Gray.
Mosby failed to convict any of the six officers, and the DOJ declined to press charges after a federal investigation. Some in law enforcement argued that Mosby had caved to pressure from the rioters and charged the officers as "sacrificial lambs."
Mosby was revealed to have close ties to Gray’s family attorney, who had donated $4,000 to her election campaign and had held a position on Mosby’s transition team.
Former Baltimore Deputy State Attorney Page Croyder questioned Mosby’s handling of the charges, writing in an op-ed at the time that Mosby’s investigation "ignored" key elements that would have changed the narrative of the case.
"Any prosecutor interested in the truth and in justice would have used all the tools at her disposal to find them. Ms. Mosby ignored them," she wrote.
Goitia, who is currently the president of the Glendale Police Department’s Fraternal Order of Police, said he knew the officers involved in the case and said they "never recovered."
"What happened to [Freddie Gray] was obviously a tragedy," he said, adding, "but to say these officers were depraved murderers was just wrong."
"This is a case study in how you destroy a city... I think [Mosby] knew the truth but intended to sacrifice those officers, but what a bad miscalculation."
"The consequences of that failed leadership are going to last for generations," he said, adding some of his own officers were afraid of working in the aftermath of the Gray charges.
"If you've got a police department that is ineffective, that is not empowered and supported by the public to uphold law and order, then you've got officers who are afraid to act."
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