In some of her most expansive public comments about the Freddie Gray case since dropping charges against the accused officers last year, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told an audience in Chicago over the weekend that reforms in the police department wouldn’t have occurred if she hadn’t filed charges.

“Had I not been in that position as State’s Attorney, had I not had a seat at the table to make the unprecedented decisions that I was forced to make, had there been no accountability, there’d be no exposure, there’d be no reform, and the systemic discriminatory police practices in one of the largest police departments would’ve persisted,” Mosby said, according to a video of the speech.

The comments came at a forum held by the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. She pointed to officer body cameras, policies regarding the loading of prisoners into police transport vans, cameras in and outside of transport vans, software that tracks when officers have received and read new agency directives, and de-escalation and use-of-force training as outgrowths of the criminal case.

“In spite of the fact that the six police officers were not convicted and held personally accountable for the death of Freddie Gray, justice has prevailed because now every Baltimore Police officer is being held accountable for the actions of a few,” Mosby said.

T.J. Smith, the chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said the agency has moved forward with reforms “as a progressive police department, not because of any single event, but more because they needed to occur.”


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