Marilyn Mosby

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shakes Lenny "Batman" Robinson's hand.
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is calling for tougher federal gun laws. 

Rawlings-Blake said at City Hall on Wednesday that the city’s violence follows four strands of rivalry and retaliation. "There are four major strands that are impacting the homicide rate in Baltimore. We can trace it and we can trace the players," Rawlings-Blake said. "There are known entities who are battling it out on the streets like is this is the wild, wild west, and we need help.”

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announcing BFED earlier this month.
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Roya Hanna, a former Baltimore prosecutor, is publicly blaming Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for the increase in the city's crime. In a piece for the Baltimore Sun, Hanna wrote that Mosby has contributed to the 200-plus homicides Baltimore has seen so far this year. 

A city police officer drew his gun on dirt bike riders in Druid Hill Park on Sunday.
Noah Scialom

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to investigate why a city police officer pointed his gun at dirt bike riders in Druid Hill Park on Sunday. The bike riders reportedly threw a glass bottle at the officers.

The City of Baltimore is taking steps to stop the unprecedented violence that has occurred in the city for the last few months. With 42 homicides in May and 45 in July, this is the first year that Baltimore has seen two months with 40 or more homicides.

State's Attorney Charges Officers in Gray's Death

May 1, 2015

 JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press
AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying "no one is above the law."

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray's death was a homicide, his arrest was illegal, and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter.

Onlookers began to cheer and then express amazement over Mosby's announcement, which few expected so quickly.