Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Bringing in Feds to Investigate a Gang Shootout
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx refused to press charges. Lightfoot is not satisfied with the explanation.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx are at war over a gang shooting last week.
Chicago cops witnessed the shooting. Surveillance cameras caught it on tape:
Chicago Police said around 10:30 a.m. Friday, 25th (Grand Central) District tactical officers responded to a call of a man with a gun near Potomac and Mason avenues. When they arrived on the scene, they saw four people get out of two cars in front of a home in the 1200 block of North Mason Avenue, and start shooting at the house.
People inside the home returned fire, shooting one of the attackers, as other assailants fled the scene in the two vehicles.
The assailant who was shot was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Two people who were wounded inside the home also went to the hospital, but their conditions were not available.
Police took five people into custody. They left after Foxx refused to press charges.
Do not forget that Foxx is the one who let off Jussie Smollett after he faked a hate crime in Chicago. Yes. THAT Kim Foxx.
Lightfoot wants to know why Foxx isn’t taking action considering the evidence they possess:
“I’d like her to explain, because I can’t explain it,” the mayor said. “We have to understand how it’s possible, when this kind of shootout is captured on film, that there were no charges of any person, even though people were brought into custody and arrested.”
Lightfoot said she will be meeting with Foxx to discuss the case, but added she is also asking the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago to look into the possibility of filing federal charges.
“I think what people want to know is how is it possible, given what we saw, that we’ve all seen on videotape, with officers on the scene, that not a single person has been charged,” Lightfoot said. “This isn’t about pointing fingers and doing that. We’ve got a responsibility to our residents, and we have a responsibility to make sure that those who are wreaking havoc in our community are held accountable. It’s a simple matter of justice. That’s what our residents want.”
Foxx called Lightfoot’s words “inappropriate” and “wrong”:
“I don’t usually do press conferences often,” Foxx said at a press conference in Englewood Tuesday. “I find myself here today having to respond to a narrative given by the mayor regarding a case that is still under investigation. It was inappropriate. It was wrong. As a prosecutor, who understands the oath, and as a former prosecutor discussing the facts of this case in the press without the benefit of all of the evidence does a disservice to the communities who have been impacted by this violence.”
“Our job is not simply to make an arrest but it is also to get a conviction,” Foxx said. “There were statements made by the mayor yesterday regarding the evidence in this case that were simply not true.”
Foxx did not say which parts Lightfoot got wrong.
She also said that video doesn’t always provide sufficient evidence: “In order for us to bring charges in a case, it’s not simply we saw a video of something happen. We need to be able to say that the person who we arrested and charged is the same person who engaged in the act.”
In other words, they need witnesses. Cops witnessed the shooting. I’m guessing no one can pinpoint the correct person?
Foxx also said that Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan confirmed they do not have adequate evidence as of now to press charges.
Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown disagree with Deenihan:
“The question that I’m going to have for him, when I see him shortly, candidly, is if this happened in Beverly, if this happened in Mount Greenwood, if this happened anywhere on the North Side, would there really be no clarity? You’ve seen the video,” she said. “It is mind-boggling to me, as a former federal prosecutor, but I also think as lay people … people simply do not understand how you could have a firefight initiated by people where you know who started it, saw the cars roaming around that house, we see the individuals get out of that car and initiate a firefight.”
CBS 2 reached out Chicago Police Tuesday to ask whether there are different yardsticks in how they investigate crime in different neighborhoods, as the mayor intimated.
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This “spat” between two fellow travelers is a setup. It’s orchestrated to get the Feds nose under the tent of local law enforcement even further.
After four years of listening to leftist morons cry that Trump was a “fascist” and “literally worse than Hitler” we are now witnessing a full blown rush to Federalize EVERYTHING.
Watching the Democrats implode and die is going to be a beautiful thing.
So the whole “mayor OJT” exercise has finally been declared a failure?
The incompetence of this woman… indeed, both these women… is galactically mind-boggling.
You’re only saying that because you’re a sexist!
Say hey there Lori. Chicago’s Idiot District Attorney (nice that Chi Town has a matched set of idiots–a mayor and a DA) has invoked the OK Corral rule. So long as the gang members die in “mutual combat” no harm, no foul. Just two or three more dead Black kids. No prosecutions will follow. Saves the taxpayer’s money and all that–and besides they don’t have to pay for three hots and a cot in the Graybar Hotel for the surviving shooters.
Pure insanity. Screw those peon law-abiding citizens who can’t live their lives without fear of getting caught in the crosshairs.
Leaving the shithole that is Illinois at the age of 18 was one of the smartest moves I ever made. I can remember being physically revolted by the pride that Chicagoans take in the corruption of their politicians, and they way that they screw everyone in “Southern Illinois” out of their tax dollars.
What a shithole.
I think you meant “crossfire”, not “crosshairs”.
I certainly did… I’m pretty sure most of the guns being used in Chicago don’t have optics, and even if they did I don’t think the shooters are bothering to aim with that much precision…
And oh by the way, as soon as I posted that I thought to myself “Milhouse is going to call me out on that”…. I shit you not
They hold their firearms horizontally, because that’s the weather come out of the box.
You’re right. “Crosshairs” implies a dedication to competence and precision that Chicago lead-flingers cannot even imagine.
I agree. I was born and raised in Chicago, but got out over 30 years ago and haven’t regretted a minute since.
Actually, the Tombstone sheriff arrested Wyatt Earp (among others) after the OK Corral. He was acquitted at trial.
Some how they didn’t manage to add “Stand Your Ground” to the mix
Because either Chicago doesn’t have it, or if they have it, it was shoved down their throat so hard by the rest of Illinois (by state preemption) that they know they can’t do anything to get it repealed.
There is only one solution to the violent crime in Chicago: move out of there ASAP.
There’s always Sarin.
Yeah, but you have to go to Wuhan to suck it out of dead bats. There might be some on a container ship off the California coast disguised as dog food but you wouldn’t get it in time for Christmas.
Which brings up the point: why are we had such a point we need to import dog food?
Fear not. Look who’s killing who. I say let the carnage continue. The gang banger problem in Chicago is kind of fixing itself.
I agree. I don’t see the problem.
This “mutual combat” rationale that Foxx is proffering to rationalize the non-prosecution of (presumably) black gang members shooting at each other springs from the same idiotic rationalization that Dhimmi-crats proffered when that white cop was excoriated and vilified after he had shot and killed a black teen girl who was about to stab another black teen girl — I paraphrase, but, the gist of the sentiment was, “Teens fight with knives all the time; let them work it out!”
You’re right. And that sentiment is batshit-crazy. But thinking it is OK with guns is another level of crazy… we hear about Chicago kids getting killed by stray bullets on a fairly regular basis.
Too bad those involved in the 2015 biker gang shootout in Waco Texas didn’t think of this “mutual combat” rationale for their defense.
You dragged that right out of the deep memory-hole it got buried in. Has there ever been a thorough reckoning of what exactly happened that day?
My God, that woman looks like n extra from a George Romero movie.
Does it matter?
Actually, a lead star from a James Gunn movie.
It’s a shame someone has to win this one. – Some Guy
Kim Foxx has basically declared that dueling and gang warfare, AKA ‘mutual combat’, will not be prosecuted in Crook County.
‘Mutual combat’ without rules to protect innocent bystanders.
But don’t get caught carrying a concealed handgun without a permit. She’ll throw the book at you.
Diversity [dogma], and its derivative Critical Racists’ Theory, has blinded her to violence. Call in the federal militia that is steeped in lawful bigotry.
Anyone on here watch Chicago PD. So far, I am almost through season 2 and it is awesome and not woke!
I’m hoping this continues…anyways, this case reminded me of all the dirty stuff that goes on in Chi Town.
We need some Sergeant Voight action on this case right away!
When was the last time the FIB solved a crime they didnt instigate?
I think it was when they got Dillinger.
At this point I would say the people are getting what they voted for – good and hard. But after the festival of fraud in last last November’s voting, I am not 100% sure of that.
Probably the politicians who were declared the winners in Illinois and other deep blue hellholes actually won, but it is also possible they didn’t. Thanks to the Communist Party, their bootlicking Franz von Papen Republican buddies, and the always toxic Joseph Goebbels media, a cloud will potentially hang over every election from now on. This is the steep price the NeverTrumpers will make all of us pay.
Exactly who ever gets what they voted for? I voted for X/= Biden, and look what I got..
If there is any one damn thing that blows smoke in the political eye, it is that voting is a reliable method of insuring liberty.
A means,, not an end.
Buyers remorse after crying to shut down police?
Or starting the Federal police force?
A federal police force has long been a top priority for the left’s “fundamental transformation” of America. First step, defund local, county, state, police; next step, watch crime explode and bodies pile up, then await the call for help from a population desperate to trade their liberties for “safety”; final step, a civilian police force that is “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the United States military. Apparently, the call for a parallel force is now deemed unnecessary, as the actual military seems to be being primed for that role.
I kinda lost my temper and told off someone on another thread,, something about no law, no prosecution, selective prosecution.. This is the incident that I was thinking about. I cannot wrap my brain around this. Nope.
Groot is likely a high ranking official in the gangs. Who cares what she calls for?
Is it even possible for a lesbian to hold high rank in a greasy, masculine street gang?
What would be a quick way to begin dealing with our spiraling urban violent crime rate? Kick every black female Democrat mayor out of office.
I don’t understand how this falls under mutual combat.
Even if the people in the house are themselves criminals (and they are according to reports) they are still the ones who defended themselves during this incident.
The people in the cars drove up to the house, got out of their cars, and started the shooting.
That’s not mutual combat. That’s one group of people attacking another group of people with deadly force. Clearly the ones in the car should have been charged with various crimes including the murder of one of their own under the felony murder rule.
Which means she’s either crooked or stupid, and I vote for all of the above.
Huh? They all engaged in the act. All the attackers were acting in concert and are all guilty. (The defenders, although surely not nice people, were not doing anything wrong in that instance, so of course none of them can or should be charged unless the investigation turns up clear evidence of some crime that can’t be ignored.)
Video is sufficient evidence when charges are made against a white police officer though.
Don’t hate the black.
Don’t hate the white.
If you get bit.
Just hate the bite.
Can’t we all get along?
I have a dream.
If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.
I’ve never been proud of America until now.
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What the hell is that?
Those two pictures says it all: grotesque incompetence and corruption.
The only thing missing is a picture of Obama and Biden.
That seems grossly premature. Isn’t the acquisition of such evidence what an investigation is for, or is that too much work?
Some light reading to give you an idea of just how filthy and corrupt Chicago politics are.
Both Groot and Foxx are in the pockets of the gangs. But kicking them out of office wouldn’t make a bit of difference as they’d simply be replaced with others who need gang support to win.
And this crap isn’t confined to Chicago.