Two of the six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have filed a defamation lawsuit against State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Mosby was criticized in some legal circles for her statements on the day she said there was probable cause to charge all 6 officers, which were interpreted as more political in nature––in the name of relaxing public unrest.
According to the Baltimore Sun, both Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter believe this to be the case. The lawsuit says Mosby made “false” statements at that press conference and had been “for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore.”
Now, as the Sun noted, a gag order was placed on the charged officers during the case, which is why White and Porter tried to keep the suit sealed, but a judge ruled today that they didn’t provide a sufficient enough reason.
Last May, Mosby had been publicly questioned about having a conflict of interest and the charged officers’ lawyers tried to get her recused, but their efforts failed. Mosby insisted at the time there was no conflict.