Two Maryland House members on Sunday defended Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby amid criticism that her decision to bring charges against six city police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray was politically motivated and a “rush to judgment.”
“I think she did an incredible job of laying out the probable cause findings,” Maryland Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards told “Fox News Sunday.”
To be sure, when Mosby, the Maryland state attorney for Baltimore City, announced the charges Friday she spent nearly 10 minutes detailing the events of April 12 when Gray, a black male, suffered a severe neck injury while in police custody.
However, Mosby’s opening remark -- “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." -- has raised questions about whether she was pursuing the case to atone for police brutality and calm the unrest in African-American communities, not on the facts.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat whose district includes Baltimore City, said he feels “very comfortable” with what Mosby has done.
"She is a veteran prosecutor,” he told ABC’s “This Week.” “She's a young lady who has spent a lot of time addressing these issues. Her integrity is impeccable, without a doubt."
Edwards in competing against Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the 2016 Democratic primary for the seat of retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, with Cummings considering a bid.
Edwards on Sunday also appeared to defend the decision by Mosby, the daughter of police officers, to announce the charges just hours after receiving a medical examiner’s report that concluded Gray’s death was a homicide.
Baltimore police union leader Gene Ryan said Mosby’s swift decision -- which included a second-degree murder charge and followed her own investigation -- seemed like “an apparent rush to judgment.”
Edwards said the announcement of the probable cause for charges is just the beginning of the process.
“There’s been no judgment made,” she told Fox News. “There’s a long process in between now, and charges being filed and a criminal proceeding going forward.”