Long before the George Floyd drug overdose, Marilyn Mosby tried to lynch a bunch of Baltimore cops over a criminal’s accidental death. It didn’t go her way. Nothing did. And now she’s history.
Eight years and more than 2,500 homicides later, the city’s Democratic voters ousted Marilyn Mosby as Baltimore state’s attorney, choosing defense attorney Ivan Bates in Tuesday’s primary.
Her time in office was polarizing, and will be remembered for her progressive prosecution policies and prosecution of police officers as much as for the investigations into her conduct
And voters preferred a DA who wasn’t actively under federal indictment at the time.
The fact that she was under federal indictment also hurt her campaign, supporters said. Mosby was charged in January with two counts each of perjury and mortgage fraud; she has denied the allegations.
And then there were all the murders.
homicides skyrocketed under her tenure. In 2014, Bernstein’s last full year in office, Baltimore recorded 211 homicides. There have been 202 homicides in the city so far this year, and in every year of Mosby’s tenure, the city exceeded 300 homicides.
Ivan Bates, who defeated her, ran on a platform of… fighting crime.
“I think it was our message of change,” Bates said. “We talked about, if you think crime is out of control, and people would say yes, and you think we need a change, and people said yes, after I explained why I was running and who I was and what my platform was, I asked everybody the same question, ‘if you believe crime is out of control, and you want a change, give me a chance.’”
“We have to work collaboratively with the police department to make good cases, and we also have to rebuild the State’s Attorney Office, and we have to make sure people understand the certainty of consequences if they want to hold and handle illegal handguns. If you have an illegal handgun, you will go to jail,” Bates said. ““We also have to make sure we recall the non-prosecution policies of Ms. Mosby so we can let everybody know that there will be consequences and you will be held accountable for everything that you do.”
Fighting crime. It’s surprisingly popular.