Why Death Threats Won’t Stop Baltimore’s Marilyn Mosby

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby leaves after Baltimore Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was acquitted of all charges in his murder trial for the death of Freddie Gray, at the Mitchell Court House June 23, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Goodson, who drove the van in which Freddie Gray, a young African American, was transported before he died was acquitted of all charges including second degree murder and manslaughter. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby leaves after Baltimore Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was acquitted of all charges in his murder trial for the death of Freddie Gray, at the Mitchell Court House June 23, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Goodson, who drove the van in which Freddie Gray, a young African American, was transported before he died was acquitted of all charges including second degree murder and manslaughter. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The death threats come daily to the office of Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby as the trials of police officers in the death of Freddie Gray continue to go on. 

There’s a sameness to the threats, which accuse Mosby of racism, of being crazy, and arguing that she should be “hung” for daring to prosecute six police officers over the death of Gray, who was in their custody when he died.

“YOU are a racist criminal! YOU are a worthless racist [expletive],” read one of the threatening emails.

“You are out of your mind. When the violence starts and they turn their anger on you, maybe the officers will be a little slow to react. You are a cop hater. Marilyn Mosby is nothing but a [expletive] Black Panther [expletive]. She should be hung,” read another.

There have been many more threats to Mosby since the indictment of the six police officers in the death of Gray, including people coming to her house and concocting fake news stories in which her husband is murdered and police officers do nothing.

“The threats have been turned over to the Baltimore Police Department and I have heard the FBI is investigating,” Rochelle Ritchie, Mosby’s spokeswoman tells The Root. “I guess some people wonder if she will be deterred from seeking justice in Baltimore City because of this. My answer to that is no. She will continue to seek justice for all victims.”

The criticism of her indicting the officers has increased as the number of not guilty verdicts continue to grow in the trials of these officers. Critics have said that she didn’t have enough evidence to charge officers, that she rushed to judgment in order to quell unrest, or that she indicted the officers for her own political ambition.

In every trial so far, the defense team has attempted to get motions granted to dismiss charges and Judge Barry Williams has denied them. The chief medical examiner ruled that Gray’s death was a homicide, but criticism around whether these trials should continue center around Mosby.

“What you’re not hearing from is the silent majority,” lawyer J. Wyndal Gordon, who has been following the case, tells The Root. “That majority still backs Mosby in this town. You’re hearing from that noisy, small group of people who know how to sound an alarm and have you think the sky is falling. But it isn’t. Mosby is doing great things during her administration.”

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Source: The Root |  ERICKA BLOUNT DANOIS