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Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Mosby moves forward with own Freddie Gray investigation

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said her office will continue its investigation into the death of Freddie Gray even as the federal Department of Justice opens its own probe and a high-ranking city politician has asked the state to get involved.

“We’re utilizing every resource to independently look at everything,” Mosby told The Daily Record on Wednesday.

Mosby did not say when the investigation would be completed but that she would make the “final decision” on whether to bring criminal charges in connection with the death of Gray.

Gray, 25, died Sunday, one week after suffering a fatal spinal-cord injury after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van. Six officers involved in Gray’s arrest have been suspended with pay while police investigate the incident.

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Tuesday asked Gov. Larry Hogan to direct the attorney general’s office to open its own independent investigation into Gray’s death.

Baltimore residents and citizens nationwide are “increasing their clarion call for an unbiased, independent investigation into the events that led to this tragic and untimely death,” Young wrote in a letter to Hogan.

Young, speaking with reporters following Wednesday morning’s Board of Estimates meeting, said his request has “nothing to do with me not having confidence in our local people.” He noted he called for a federal investigation last fall into the Baltimore Police Department in the wake of the city paying millions of dollars in police brutality lawsuits.

“The citizens, just like I, want to make sure that this process is not tainted by anything or anybody,” Young said.

But Hogan does not plan to call on the attorney general’s office to get involved, according to spokesman Douglass V. Mayer.

“The governor has been in contact with Mayor [Stephanie] Rawlings-Blake as well as Marilyn Mosby … to discuss the investigation into the death of Mr. Gray,” Mayer said in a statement Tuesday night. “Governor Hogan has every confidence that the State’s Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct thorough, impartial, and transparent investigations into the incident, in order to provide Mr. Gray’s family and the community with the answers they deserve.”

The attorney general’s office received a copy of Young’s letter but spokesman David Nitkin referred to Hogan’s statement when asked for comment. Rochelle Ritchie, a spokeswoman for Mosby, also referred to the statement when asked for a response to Young’s letter.

Marilyn Mosby is interviewed on Wednesday. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Marilyn Mosby is interviewed on Wednesday. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Daily Record business writer Adam Bednar contributed to this report.