Vogue Profiles Marilyn Mosby On “Doing The Right Thing” In Freddie Gray Case

June 24, 2015  |  

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This past spring, we met a new leader in the modern-day Civil Rights’ Movement —Marilyn Mosby.

Mosby, known as the prolific Baltimore Prosecutor who filed charges against the six police officers who brutally assaulted 25-year-old Freddie Gray, sparked a change that many longed to see on other similar cases.

On the first of May, Mosby announced during a press conference that the police officers would face 28 charges in total, ranging from false imprisonment to second-degree murder. She also detailed how her department investigated the case and found it to be a homicide. Despite her department’s quick turnaround in convicting the police officers, Mosby still acknowledged the protest occurring in Baltimore, as well as other cities, noting, “I have heard your calls for ‘No justice, no peace,’ However, your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.”

Mosby’s strong and concise statement paved the way for her to become a national public figure, making many forget she only held her new position as city prosecutor for less than 100 days. The press conference had film directors such as Ava Duvernay yearning to make documentaries about her, and even granted Mosby praise from Congressmen around the nation.

In order to learn about the woman behind the name, Vogue profiled Mosby, who told the magazine she didn’t realize the weight her press conference would carry. In her mind, she believed she was just “doing the right thing.” Although she couldn’t discuss specific details of the Freddie Gray case, Mosby did opene up about her family background which influenced her career, heavily.

Born into a family of police officers who lived in South Boston, Mosby knows how the grit of inner-city violence, race and policing intersect. As a high school student, Mosby bared witness to  her cousin dying because of  gun violence. The traumatic experience made her question how she could help youths in the Black community and  pushed her to obtain her law degree.

Although her law career has been met with criticism, especially for charging the police officers who participated in the death of Freddie Gray, Mosby unshakably stands by her decision to heal the fractured relationship between the Black community and police officers. She confidently told Vogue: “I’m not conflicted about charging these police officers. I believe in applying justice fairly and equally, and that is what our system is built upon. That is why I do what I do.”

To read Mosby’s entire profile at Vogue Magazine, click here.

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