The six Baltimore officers charged in the death of an unarmed black man named Freddie Grey are trying to have the prosecutor recused, WBAL TV reports.
Citing state attorney Marilyn Mosby’s marriage to city councilman Nick Mosby, a motion filed on behalf of the officers argues that she has a huge conflict of interest.
Nick Mosby represents District 7 in Baltimore, the city that erupted into riots in response to the death of 25-year-old Grey, who sustained a fatal injury in police custody.
Part of the motion tweeted by the Baltimore Sun’s Justin Fenton said “the need to quell the raging inferno of human rage and revulsion within the confines of the 7th District was emergent.”
“Mr. Mosby’s relationship with the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City placed him in a unique position to influence the decision of an elected official who was susceptible to be influenced in choosing to file criminal charges against the defendants,” the defence wrote in the motion.
“It is inconceivable that Mrs. Mosby was not influenced by the challenges presented to her husband as a community leader of neighbourhoods that were literally ‘up in flames,'” the defence continued.
“He clearly had a professional and personal interest in the need to eliminate rioting and destruction of the property in his Council District,” the attorneys wrote. “Likewise, his wife, Marilyn Mosby, had a professional and personal interest in accommodating the needs of her husband — his political future directly affects her personal, professional and political interests.”
This isn’t the first time police have voiced their concerns about Mosby’s involvement in the case. On the same day that Mosby announced criminal charges against the six officers, the Baltimore police union sent her a letter requesting that she step aside due to alleged conflicts of interest.
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