Marilyn Mosby is the new national face of justice. As the state’s attorney for the city of Baltimore, Maryland, Marilyn announced criminal charges against the six police officers involved in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray — suspected to have died due to police brutality. With a robust professional reputation of tackling gross police misconduct, Marilyn is expected to bring objectivity and expertise to this important case.
Here are 10 other facts about Marilyn:
1. She is encouraging peace in Baltimore. At the press conference announcing the criminal charges of the involved police officers, Marilyn said, “To those who are angry, hurt, I urge you to channel energy peacefully … I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ However, your peace is severely needed. To officers, these accusations are not an indictment of entire force.”
2. She comes from five generations of police officers. And her grandfather was a founding member of the black police organization in Massachusetts.
3. She was the first in her family to graduate college. Marilyn studied political science at Tuskegee University, a historically black college in Alabama. She later when on to Boston College Law School.
4. As state's attorney, this is her first time in public office. She was elected in November 2014.
5. She was raised by a single mother. Also a police officer.
6. She is the youngest prosecutor in any major American city. She’s only 35.
7. She describes Baltimore as “the greatest city in the world.” Which she said at her victory speech after winning the state’s attorney office.
8. While growing up in Boston, her 17-year-old cousin was killed after being mistaken for a drug dealer. The killer was another 17-year-old.
9. She is married to a Baltimore city councilman. She and Nick Mosby met in college and have two daughters.
10. She has prosecuted some of the “worst felonies in Maryland.” While working as assistant state’s attorney.