Two officers in Freddie Gray case sue Marilyn Mosby for defamation

Dupac Members, Writer Posts: 68,365 ✭✭✭✭✭


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.

Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter, who are both facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old's death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff's Office Maj. Sam Cogen, and the state of Maryland in 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 1, 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.

The officers had asked that the lawsuit be sealed to "avoid any suggestion" that they were "not complying with the spirit of" a gag order issued in their criminal cases by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, and to "avoid any additional pretrial publicity in connection with their upcoming criminal trials." They said they had to file the lawsuit earlier this month because of statute of limitations concerns.

Freddie Gray case: After Nero acquittal, key questions remain
Freddie Gray case: After Nero acquittal, key questions remain
However, Judge Althea Handy denied the motion to seal the case on Wednesday, saying the officers had "failed to provide a special and compelling reason to preclude or limit inspection of the case record sufficient to overcome the presumption of openness" under Maryland law.

The lawsuit lists the officers' attorney as Michael E. Glass, who could not be reached for comment.

A spokeswoman for the State's Attorney's Office declined to comment, citing a gag order on the criminal prosecution, and the Sheriff's Office declined comment.

Mosby, who announced the charges one day after receiving the official police investigation into the incident, said that she had conducted her own independent investigation with the help of the Sheriff's Office. Cogen signed and filed the initial charging documents in the case, outlining the state's probable cause.

Full transcript: Judge Williams' ruling acquitting Officer Nero in Freddie Gray case
Full transcript: Judge Williams' ruling acquitting Officer Nero in Freddie Gray case
Attorneys for the officers have expressed skepticism about that investigation, saying evidence submitted to them through discovery provided little proof that any such investigation occurred.

They have previously accused Mosby of "overzealous prosecution," saying she improperly discussed the charges when she announced them on the steps of the War Memorial, and asked her to recuse herself and her office citing conflicts of interest.

Last summer, the officers' attorneys sought to subpoena Cogen to appear at a hearing to testify and produce a range of documents pertaining to the alleged investigation. They also asked for any correspondence he had with Mosby's office regarding the investigation, including "emails, letters, voice mails, and text messages."

Prosecutors responded by saying the subpoena was wholly inappropriate, and that they had already provided everything from the investigation that the defense was privy to. Cogen never testified.

In their 26-page lawsuit, White and Porter ask for more than $75,000 in damages for each of four counts — two of defamation and two of invasion of privacy and casting them in a false light. They outline in 141 numbered points what they say their roles in the incident were and the ways in which they allege Mosby and Cogen violated their rights.

They say Mosby and Cogen had a duty not to criminally charge them "when such charges were unsupported by the facts and evidence," as well as a duty "not to publish false statements" about them.

Through Mosby's statements, they claim their "character and reputation ... were harmed, their standing and reputation in the Baltimore City Police Department and the community at large — locally, nationally, and internationally — were impaired, [and] they continue to suffer mental pain and anguish, and humiliation."

The officers note that they were placed on administrative leave without pay by the police department, and say they "have suffered, and continue to suffer, monetary damages in the form of lost income, lost raises in salary, and lost promotions."

They claim that Mosby violated professional rules of conduct by offering extrajudicial statements during her announcement of the charges against the officers on May 1, and "knew or should have known" that she was doing so.

White and Porter also repeat the earlier claim made by attorneys for the six officers that Mosby and the Sheriff's Office "did not do any investigation whatsoever" before announcing the charges, other than to review the officers' recorded statements to police. They claim Mosby improperly directed Cogen to file the application for charges against the officers despite knowing that "no probable cause existed."

The officers have demanded a jury trial in the case.


  • StillFaggyAF
    StillFaggyAF Members Posts: 40,358 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Dupac
    Dupac Members, Writer Posts: 68,365 ✭✭✭✭✭
    these mother ? really think theyre above the law.....

    they just don't give a ? about the people....

    all the legal ? in the world can't make anyone think it's okay that somebody can get thrown in the back of a police van.... given a "rough ride" where their spine is broken and they die...and NO ONE IS HELD RESPONSIBLE......

    like ? rioted over this ? because it was so ? absurd, and even with all that ? still trying to prove their point.....

    ? 's ? disgusting... nothing will get better than this....

    they might as well just go into the communities and just start opening fire on ? left and provocation or nothing just get it started...

    this ? is sickening.....i know i said before any death is a tragedy, and while i still feel that way.... ? like this opens the door for violence on police officers more than anything else....

    ? ?
  • atribecalledgabi
    atribecalledgabi Members, Moderators Posts: 14,063 Regulator
    edited May 2016
    The black ones suing her? Smh who put them up to this?
  • Dupac
    Dupac Members, Writer Posts: 68,365 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Black officers feel more allegiance to their badge than their own skin.
  • Trillfate
    Trillfate Members Posts: 24,008 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm noticing a ? up trend.. All these unarmed victims are getting their graves ? on.. Trayvon, Tamir, Freddy... People have no humanity
  • Dupac
    Dupac Members, Writer Posts: 68,365 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Trillfate wrote: »
    I'm noticing a ? up trend.. All these unarmed victims are getting their graves ? on.. Trayvon, Tamir, Freddy... People have no humanity

    Bruh they ? hate mosby like she killed unarmed citizens...

    People honestly feel that any situation where a black person dies at the hand of the police is completely justified no matter what....

    Mosby really showed the courage to do the right thing, and they're trying to hang her for it, they're trying to get her out of office.... She's one of the most hated people in the city.... It's disgusting.

    Her husband dropped out of the mayoral race because of this ? , they both came to my bar one night and I told them, that no matter what the papers and media, and police supporters say, we really ? with them and appreciate everything they're trying to do.

    I told Nick, had he not dropped out, he surely would have gotten my vote...

    ? crazy, even when people try to change things from the inside, it's still met with the most ridiculous resistance.... I hate this ?
  • yellowtapesport
    yellowtapesport Members Posts: 4,662 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This ? sad but I hope for the life of y'all ? U don't believe this ? has even a 0.000000001% chance of holding up in court
  • r.prince18
    r.prince18 Members Posts: 1,353 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I thinks it funny how all the pro police supporters were worry about crooked D.A. when the police are on trial.
  • nujerz84
    nujerz84 Members Posts: 15,418 ✭✭✭✭✭