By AFRO Staff
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been in the national spotlight since she indicted six officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray in May 2015, shortly after the Uprising on the day of Gray’s funeral April 27, 2015. Since then, she has been a national symbol in the ongoing fight for law enforcement and criminal justice reform. And she has been a frequent target of those opposing such reform.
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby (Courtesy Photo)
Recently, while visiting St. Louis, Mo., to support Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, Mosby received a racist, hate-filled voicemail threatening violence against her. “How dare you come to St. Louis and say you got the back of that lousy a** bi*** State’s Attorney Kim Gardner,” said the caller erroneously identifying Gardner as State’s Attorney, rather than Circuit Attorney. “You hate cops, you hate White people. You do everything you can to give all the Blacks who are criminals every benefit of the doubt, that everybody else is suspect,” the caller added.
Unfortunately, this was not the first time Mosby has been verbally attacked in this manner.
“The voicemail I received after my trip to Missouri to support Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner was outrageous, but not surprising,” said Mosby in a statement. “Kim knows what people in positions of power also think like this. These are the types of attacks we encounter every day as women of color in a position of authority, and I traveled to St. Louis because this is the unfortunate experience Black female prosecutors everywhere,” Mosby added.
“It’s deeply disturbing that in 2020 we still have to experience such blatant racism, but this hateful rhetoric only strengthens my resolve to continue fighting for justice, and working to undo the blight of mass incarceration and its impact on communities of color.”