Frequently, when she is asked about her office’s relationship with the Baltimore Police Department, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will deflect questions by saying that she comes from, and has been surrounded by, generations of police officers. As Western Journalism reported on Thursday, the 35-year-old prosecutor pursuing the case against the “Baltimore Six” talked of the “five generations” of cops in her family when confronted by a Fox News reporter about police complaints that Mosby doesn’t have their back.
But there’s a big fact the defensive prosecutor doesn’t mention when speaking of the police officers around whom she grew up and who influenced her life — her father, a former Boston police officer named Alan James — was a “crooked cop.” A publication called the Baltimore Brew, an independent newspaper, has disclosed that Mosby herself acknowledged her father’s troubled past “in an unpublished biography written by her staff” when she was running for the office she now holds:
The passage [from the campaign material] reads in part:
“Spotting good and bad cops is second nature to someone who grew up with them. Mosby’s father, who was around off and on throughout her childhood – and into her adult life – served on the Boston Police force alongside her mother and uncles.
“’My dad was a crooked cop,’ Mosby says dispiritedly. “’He confiscated drugs and money from the dealers on a regular basis.’”
The Baltimore Brew article also reveals that Mosby’s “crooked cop” father — despite his daughter’s forthright admission that he was corrupt — was acquitted of charges brought against him related to the alleged armed robberies of drug dealers in Boston. He was, however, fired from the police force in 1991, shortly after his acquittal. Mosby’s unpublished campaign bio reportedly blamed “drug and alcohol problems” for his dismissal.
Now, it’s certainly true that the sins of the father cannot be laid on the child, so Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby shouldn’t be smeared by the taint on her “crooked” father’s record. However, one can reasonably wonder at least two things in light of this revelation:
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1. Should the fact that her dad was — reportedly by her own admission — corrupt, change the nature of her argument that she supports cops because she comes from “five generations” of police officers?
2. Does her intimate knowledge of how police officers can go bad cloud her perspective in the controversial case she’s now prosecuting against the six Baltimore cops charged in the police custody death of Freddie Gray?
h/t: The Daily Caller
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