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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