Former commissioner Batts, who lost his job over all this, was against criminal prosecution (or so went the rumor, now confirmed by Batts), hit back strongly against Mosby:
"She's immature, she's incompetent, she's vindictive and that's not how the justice system is supposed to work."Come on Anthony, tell us what you really think.
"The justice system is supposed to be without bias for police officers, for African Americans, for everyone.... Don't create more flaws in that broken system," he said. "And you don't do it on the back of innocent people just to prove that point."OK. Remember, this is coming from a black chief who basically once called the entirety of Baltimore's black police officers a bunch of Uncle Toms.
And Batts continued:
"There was no question that Freddie Gray should have gone home after that interaction. But sometimes when people are doing the job of police work, bad things happen sometimes."Here's my question, what changed in the past few days that led Mosby to her decision. She could have announced this weeks ago. But she did so today. So something changed. Despite her solace in prayer, I don't think it was God telling her. Does anybody know?
"My heart bled for these officers as they went through these steps. I think Marilyn Mosby is in over her head... I didn't see any malice in the heart of those police officers. I don't think those officers involved are those you would put in the class of bad or malicious or evil police officers."
Batts said Mosby cannot make police her scapegoat by saying officers obstructed her investigation to protect their colleagues. "There was no obstruction," Batts said. "I would have taken off anyone's head if I knew they were obstructionist. … The judge said it: (The case) didn't have merit and you can't put that on anyone else."
1) Word came from the top, perhaps the top of the Democratic party, perhaps via the mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who is secretary of the national Democratic Party. Rawlings-Blake defended the judge and said she "certain [does not] agree" with Mosby's comments disparaging the criminal justice system.
Now Mosby is an independent elected official. Does she know it's not normally wise to fight city hall?
I like this theory more:
2) Perhaps the new prosecuting team said they didn't want to move forward. The whole State's Attorney's Office is facing lawsuits related to unethical prosecution. And the charges, whether they're proved or not (I kinda doubt they will be) are not groundless. If you're a lawyer, perhaps you really do have objections to prosecuting a groundless case. You certainly should. But even if not, why would you want to open yourself up for hassles, lawsuits, and potential disbarment in a losing case?
Now we'll see how the internal discipline process works out. I'd love to be a fly on the wall of Commissioner Davis's office for these discussions.