More Baltimore Hijinks
Might this contribute a small measure of doubt to the supposed impartiality of the Baltimore State's Attorney?
- Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, catapulted to national fame when she decided in early May to prosecute six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. In her remarks, Mosby used her family of Boston police officers as a shield against critics who said she could not fairly prosecute the case.
“To the rank-and-file officers of the Baltimore City Police Department, please know that these accusations of these six officers are not an indictment on the entire force,” said Mosby. “I come from five generations of law enforcement. My father was an officer. My mother was an officer. Several of my aunts and uncles.”
Nothing like relying on your family's police credentials when announcing the indictments of six of Baltimore's officers. It shows that you have empathy, but by golly, you can't fix a broken system without breaking some eggs. But then someone did some digging:
- Mosby's mother, Linda Thompson, had nine disciplinary actions against her in her 20 years on the force.
The Boston Police Department turned over a document that shows she violated the “substance abuse policy” in 2006. A source familiar with the incident said that Thompson tested positive for cocaine.
[...] In 2003, Linda Thompson was suspended for “using profane language toward a superior” and for her “refusal to leave a restricted area.” Other records show she was suspended for two separate incidents in 1996 for not “reporting for duty” and “neglect of duty” -- among other charges.
[...] Mosby’s father, Alan James, was fired from the Boston Police Department in 1991 on the same day he was acquitted by a jury for assault and robbery. According to an article in the Boston Globe at the time, the police commissioner fired him for "conduct unbecoming an officer.”
Preston Thompson, who is Linda Thompson’s brother and Mosby’s uncle, was fired in 2001 for using cocaine. His record says he was on disability when he was charged with “substance abuse policy – two counts,” “conformance to laws - two counts” and “conduct - two counts.”
According to Boston police policy, you get fired after the second time you test positive for drugs.
Preston's brother, Harry Thompson, was also fired from the Boston Police Department. That uncle of Marilyn Mosby was terminated in 1991 after a hearing for three charges from the same event – “conduct unbecoming an officer,” “inaccurate reports” and “unreasonable judgment.” Sources familiar with the BPD polices say that violating these rules alone generally doesn’t get you fired.
Wow. Quite a family...and quite a record to use as a "credibility builder." This could be spun by any decent lawyer into a malicious prosecution suit by a States Attorney bent on revenge for imagined wrongs perpetrated on her family by the police culture.