Baltimore’s state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, defended her position on Friday not to prosecute low-level offenses, such as prostitution and drug possession.
Mosby told Black News Tonight host Marc Lamont Hill that since her office decided not to pursue those offenses, they’ve seen results, including eliminating 1,400 warrants.
“We’ve been able to see the results. None of these crimes never had anything to do with public safety,” she said.
In a hearing on Wednesday to members of the city’s Public Safety and Governmental Operations committee, Mosby said that her policies to not go after, minor offenses, hasn’t led to an increase in violent crimes, adding that her office still pursues felonies, such as human trafficking and drug distribution, The Baltimore Sun reported.
“When we criminalize minor offenses that have nothing to do with public safety, we are not only exposing people to needless interaction with law enforcement, but for Black people in this country, it often leads to a death sentence,” Mosby told Hill, citing fatal incidents including the deaths of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray.
Gray died in 2015 after sustaining injuries following an arrest by the Baltimore Police Department. Mosby charged six cops over Gray’s death, but various legal decisions, from a mistrial to one cop’s acquittal, were made.
In 2017, federal officials declined to prosecute the officers for Gray’s death.