When State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, she said it was not an indictment of the entire department. Five generations of her own family, she said, have worked in law enforcement.
On Wednesday, Mosby said she has learned from those relatives' mistakes, as well as their sacrifice, reports the Baltimore Sun.
Mosby's father, a Boston police officer, was accused of robbing a drug dealer — and for a time dismissed from the department. Her mother, also an officer at the department, was disciplined several times and served a 45-day suspension for violating a substance-abuse policy. An uncle was dismissed after he failed drug tests.
"As a child, I personally observed their sacrifice and commitment to protecting my community. I learned at a very early age that everyone makes mistakes," Mosby said Wednesday in a statement. "I also learned about the importance of taking responsibility for the choices and mistakes that we make."