This is the weekend’s open thread, but first…
The state’s attorney in Baltimore has now decided to charge that police officers who arrested Freddie Gray on April 12 committed murder.
Many are already saying that state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby is making a political play with this prosecution. The police union says that Mosby is tied to the Gray family and is biased–they are demanding she be replaced by a special prosecutor.
CNN’s Bullet points:
- All six Baltimore police officers who face charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray are in custody at central booking after surrendering around 2 p.m., two law enforcement officials tell CNN. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services can hold the officers for up to 24 hours at the jail.
- Baltimore’s city government has brought in Judy Smith, the crisis communications manager whose life story became the basis for the hit TV show “Scandal,” to navigate issues related to the Freddie Gray case, a source familiar with the arrangement said.
- “There is no place in the Baltimore city Police Department” for officers involved in misconduct, racism and corruption, the mayor said. “There will be justice for Mr. Gray, there will be justice for his family, and there will be justice for the city of Baltimore.”
So, what do you all think? Did Mosby make the right call? Or is she biased and using this as a political stepping stone?