State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who this morning announced charges in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, comes from a family steeped in law enforcement — a connection she pointedly mentioned in her news conference.
But the 35-year-old prosecutor also pledged during her 2014 campaign to prosecute officers when needed, saying, "No one is above the law."
At the same time, Mosby's political life is complicated. She has ties to the Gray family's attorney, William H. "Billy" Murphy Jr.; he donated $5,000 to her campaign and served on her transition committee. And her husband, Nick, serves on the City Council, representing the area where Gray died.
This week, Murphy expressed confidence in Mosby, noting that she was doing her own investigation in addition to the one the Baltimore Police Department turned over to her. "She doesn't trust the police herself," he told the protesters on Tuesday night.
Mosby's decision came as Baltimore is still recovering from riots and under a curfew — and amid fears that her decision could trigger more violence.Read more.