In her recent interview with Vogue, Marilyn J. Mosby offered what we have come to expect since she leaped onto the national stage overnight—speaking truth to power. She give us some insight on both her professional and private life, which “Selma director Ava DuVernay tweeted that,” and something that would be intriguing indeed, “she wanted to make a documentary about Mosby”.
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“The unrest had nothing to do with my decision to charge,” Mosby told Vogue’s Heidi Mitchell, commenting on critics who claim she acted too swiftly in the case. “I just followed where the facts led. This is not something that was fast, or in a hurry. From the time that this incident occurred, we were out there conducting our own investigation and working with the police department. There is nothing that we’ve done differently in this case.”
Mosby couldn’t discuss details of the Freddie Gray case, the 25-year-old black man who died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody. On the incident that has drew the attention of the national news media, Mosby doesn’t back down: “I’m not conflicted about charging these police officers,” says Mosby. I believe in applying justice fairly and equally, and that is what our system is built upon. That is why I do what I do.”
Baltimore’s young prosecutor and also a graduate of historically black Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama is oftentimes described as a “heroine” and “a lightning rod” to many because, for lots of people, Mosby is championed for doing what she does best, for doing what she loves, and what seems right.
“I was on CNN, and we were all assured that it would be a routine press conference,” said professor at historically black Morehouse College Marc Lamont Hill. “Instead, Mosby came out swinging for the fences. I was in shock.”
“It was a powerful act that allowed the city to begin healing,” Hill said. “Within an hour of that announcement, the entire black community was laying claim to her—ready to saint her because she did her job.”
Head over to Vogue to read the entire interview.
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