Didn't take long for Donald Trump to politicize Freddie Gray
© Greg Nash

If you happened to scroll through the Baltimore state's attorney's personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning, you'd see no mention of Freddie Gray.

No mention of the failed prosecutions of the police officers accused of killing him and no mention of what might happen in Baltimore now that nothing has happened — or changed for that matter.

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If you stuck to Mosby's Twitter account you'd learn from retweets that over the past week her office has produced a really nice newsletter, convicted a "murderous arsonist" and got "a violent repeat offender" sentenced to 35 years after his "armed confrontation with police."

That's not to say Mosby — or the state's attorney — was silent on the Freddie Gray killing. In fact, at a press conference Wednesday, she maintained her position as a prosecutor, pointing to a report from the medical examiner that proclaimed Gray's death was the result of a homicide and standing by the decision to put police officers on trial for killing him.

"We do not believe Freddie Gray killed himself," she said.

Although Mosby's was otherwise silent in the aftermath of Wednesday's decision, presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE couldn't refrain from attacking a woman who made a difficult decision. He doubled down and suggested Mosby should "prosecute herself."

"I think it was disgraceful what she did and the way she did it, and the news conference that she had where they were guilty before anybody knew the facts," Trump said, accusing Mosby of playing politics.

One can only conclude that in Trump's neo-fascist worldview, a prosecutor shouldn't seek justice in cases of homicide that involve police officers. Notice also how Trump, with typical glibness, implies there was some rush to judgment, while completely ignoring what the coroner said.

So is Mosby anti-cop? Hardly the case.

Go back to her Twitter account. Pull up the story of Michael Kimble, the man who confronted Baltimore Police officers with a gun after he fled a street corner dice game. Scroll down to comment from the state's attorney: "Our country has witnessed the unfathomable violence towards police officers. I am thankful this situation did not end under more horrific circumstances. We will not tolerate such heinous acts against the men and women who protect the streets of Baltimore."

The real question here?  Who is using Freddie Gray's death to advance a political agenda?

I think we have our answer.

Girardot is an award-winning former editor and columnist with the Los Angeles News Group. He is co-author of true crime tales "A Taste For Murder" and the soon-to-be released "Cocaine Cops: An Insider's Tale of Brutality, Greed and Corruption in the NYPD."


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