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5 of 6 officers charged in Freddie Gray death suing Marilyn Mosby

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2018-12-31 17:23:17-05

Five of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have sued Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and other charges stemming from her press conference on May 1, 2015.

During that press conference, Mosby announced charges against Sgt. Alicia White, Lt. Brian White and officers William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller and Caesar Goodson. Goodson's bench trial is scheduled to begin Thursday. He is the only officer who has not filed suit against Mosby.

Related: Mosby may face not one, but two defamation lawsuits

While Rice filed alone in federal court, Nero and Miller filed together at the federal level. White and Porter filed together in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

A fourth case is expected to be filed soon on behalf of the “other” Alicia White, a city schools employee the state's attorney and sheriff's offices initially issued a warrant for.

Officers Nero and Miller were actually the first to file a civil lawsuit, but it was the last to be unsealed.

Much like Lieutenant Brian Rice's defamation suit unsealed Tuesday, the two claim their civil rights were violated, that they were falsely arrested, imprisoned and defamed when the city's top prosecutor made false statements about their involvement in the Freddie Gray arrest.

Glass and other attorneys say Mosby rushed to charge and made false statements in a “divisive and inciting” manner.

It is a common thread running through all three suits but may apply to yet another defamation case which could be filed against Mosby as soon as next week.

"What could show that this case was charged in a rush more so then not checking the identities of the people you're charging?" asked attorney Jeremy Eldridge.

 

Defamation is just one of the things Eldridge says he'll be suing Marilyn Mosby for on behalf of his client Alicia White, that's city school employee Alicia White, not Baltimore Police Sgt. Alicia White.

It was a mistake on the original warrant and charging documents that Eldridge says was never fixed properly and exposed his client to the white hot anger of last year's unrest.

"My client has been dragged through the mud. They called her family members, people came to her house, she was threatened and it is as though she doesn't exist to the office of the state's attorney," Elderidge said.

Once filed, that would make four lawsuits claiming defamation and civil rights violations against Mosby.

The office of the state's attorney declined comment once again on this story citing the existing gag order in the criminal cases.

The only officer not named in these civil cases yet is the wagon driver Caesar Goodson, he is scheduled to begin his criminal bench trial Thursday morning.

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