Baltimore police union requests an independent prosecutor

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, pauses while speaking during a media availability, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BALTIMORE (MEDIA GENERAL) – Following Friday’s press conference in which Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 president Gene Ryan issued a letter asking Mosby to appoint a special independent prosecutor.

According to Ryan, Mosby has several personal and professional conflicts due to a relationship with Gray family attorney William Murphy and connections with members of the local media. He also notes that her husband, Nick Mosby, is a city councilman.

“In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibility, I ask that you appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed,” Ryan wrote.

In Friday’s press conference, Mosby stated Gray’s death was ruled a homicide and walked through her basis for presenting charges toward the six officers responsible for Gray’s death. Mosby said the officers repeatedly failed to get Gray medical treatment after his arrest, which was deemed illegal, and did not buckle him up inside the transport van, contrary to a police department order, resulting in his fatal injuries.

In his letter, Ryan stood behind his police officers.

“All death is tragic. And death associated with interaction with police is both shocking and frightening to the public,” Ryan said. “Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night. As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray. To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.”

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