Another instance in which I find myself asking, “What took them so long”? And also, “Only two of them are suing Double-M?”:
Two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy, court records show.
Sergeant Alicia White and Officer William Porter, who are both facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the twenty-five-year-old’s death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff’s Office Major Sam Cogen, and the State of Maryland Baltimore Circuit Court on May 2, records show.
The officers claim Mosby and Cogen knew the statement of charges filed against the officers and other statements made by Mosby at her May 1st, 2015, news conference announcing the charges “were false.”
“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit alleges.
Actually, in this case, these defamation suits should probably have waited. The black Sergeant White’s trial hasn’t yet begun, and Officer Porter’s first trial was a hung jury and he is presumably going to be prosecuted again. Consequently, their respective defamation suits would stand a better chance of succeeding after Mrs. Mosby fails to convict them of anything, given that they are grounded on the assertion that all the charges announced in her “HEY, LOOK AT YOUR FUTURE U.S. SENATOR/GOVERNOR/PRESIDEN OF THE UNITED STATES!!!” presser a year and change ago are false. At this point they have not yet been proven false beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court – where, just as a reminder, the standard of proof is higher than in a civil tort case.
So why were the suits filed now? Waters-muddying and, I’m assuming, gun-jumping greed. Besides, high-profile inquisitions like this one are fought at least as much in the media as they are in the courtroom. These salvos are a-flight in the former. And if they happen to eventually hit their target as well where it hurts the most, so much the better.
It kinda muddies the waters all by itself that both plaintiffs and the primary defendant are African-American though. Are we supposed to ignore that, or are Sergeant White and Officer Porter not “authentically” black because they’re cops?
If they do win, they won’t need those jobs anymore, that’s for sure.