Mosby vs. Rawl­ings-Blake

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Narda Terry, Bal­ti­more

We have a lot of blame to go around with Mayor Stephanie Rawl­ings-Blake and Bal­ti­more City State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn Mosby (“Mayor dis­putes Mosby over Gray case,” Sept. 29). First, it was the mayor who didn’t com­mu­ni­cate with the school sys­tem’s CEO on the day of Fred­die Gray’s fu­neral. Why didn’t you have the buses ready to take kids home and to get them off the street? Se­condly, our state’s at­tor­ney rushed to judg­ment. What was the rush? We all know that it takes at least a year or longer to do an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of six po­lice of­fi­cers. Why didn’t she use the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment or the Mary­land State Po­lice to do a through in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­stead of the city sher­iff’s depart­ment? We all know that the sher­iff’s depart­ment couldn’t in­ves­ti­gate its way out of a pa­per bag.

Ms. Mosby did a great job in ex­pos­ing six bad po­lice of­fi­cers. Maybe Com­mis­sioner Kevin Davis can start with these six with ad­di­tional train­ing and an at­ti­tude check and then have the whole depart­ment go through same train­ing. We all know we have some very good of­fi­cers and we ap­pre­ci­ate the work they do. But we now have too many of­fi­cers who are now as­sum­ing that ev­ery­one who­lives in the city is bad, and that’s not true. So thank you, Ms. Mosby.

Mayor Rawl­ings-Blake stood back and never took the blame for why she didn’t care about these young peo­ple enough to get them home in a timely fash­ion when clos­ing down schools. She caused that prob­lem. But telling peo­ple now that the state’s at­tor­ney needs to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for those failed pros­e­cu­tions? That’s not her job.

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