So Prince put on a show called “Rally4Peace” and some people are upset that the state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, was invited up on stage. These are presumably the same people who believe Mosby overstepped her authority — and the evidence — in charging six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died in police custody. Gray’s death sparked riots in Baltimore — and Prince wrote a song called “Baltimore” that was a cry for justice.
Did Mosby compromise her position by attending a concert that was meant to, among other things, memorialize Freddie Gray? Attending the show certainly wasn’t the move of an experienced public persona — the move was sure to draw fire (as it has) and make it look to some like Mosby’s prosecution is heavily biased toward the victim. They can also gripe that she’s a publicity hound, and that the prosecution is an act of self-promotion, just like attendance at the Prince concert. Then there’s the other way to look at it: that Mosby attended a rally that was by definition “for peace.” And that Mosby represents the people of Baltimore, who count on her to seek justice. And that she can go anywhere she wants, especially to a concert for peace, without it affecting the evidence-based trials of the six Baltimore officers.
— Steven (@Right_NJ) May 11, 2015