The skyrocketing criminal activity rate in Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago, is leaving a lot of our more than 5 million residents afraid for their security and even their lives. Yet Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has actually shown even more sympathy for bad guys than for our law-abiding locals, failing abysmally to do her job to bring law offenders to justice.
As the Chicago Tribune reported Monday, Foxx “is dropping felony cases involving charges of murder and other severe offenses at a greater rate than her predecessor, according to a Tribune analysis. … During Foxx’s first three years as the county’s top prosecutor, her workplace dropped all charges against 29.9%of felony offenders, a remarkable increase over her predecessor, the Tribune discovered. For the last three years of Anita Alvarez’s period, the rate was 19.4%.”
The Tribune short article continues: “In all, an overall of 25,183 people had their felony cases dismissed under Foxx through November 2019, up from 18,694 for a comparable period under Alvarez.”
This is a disgraceful record that threatens our community and must disqualify any district attorney from remaining in workplace, much less from being reelected. However Foxx wants to keep her job, so is now attempting anxiously to represent herself as more thinking about safeguarding law-abiding citizens than safeguarding law offenders.
In an op-ed released by the Chicago Tribune Wednesday, Foxx attempts to escape obligation for her disgraceful soft-on-crime record, writing: “Gun violence is surging in Chicago and we’re all shattered by the death … In this environment, it’s natural to search for others to blame … However, pointing fingers of blame will not make us any more secure.”
” I invite my colleagues in law enforcement at the city, county, state and federal level to join me at a table devoted to advancing public safety and equal justice,” Foxx’s op-ed continues. “If, as it has been declared, policies of my workplace are shown to contribute to robbery or lawlessness, I will be the very first to change them.”
An invitation like this would have made good sense during Foxx’s first week in office. However at this point, it’s too little too late.
Up until now this year 2,058 individuals have actually been shot and injured in Chicago, and 435 have actually been shot and killed– and there are still more than 4 months left till completion of the year. In July alone there were 107 murders in the city.
And don’t believe the lie that trigger-happy police officers are accountable for a huge share of shootings. Up until now this year 6 people have been wounded and three have been killed in police-involved shootings in Chicago.
Any civilized society has order at its core value.
In the entire year of 2019 there were 2,292 people shot and wounded in Chicago and 463 shot and killed. In all of 2019, six people were wounded and 6 were eliminated in police-involved shootings.
Put another method, general shootings are occurring with astonishing frequency. This year on average a person has actually been shot every 2 hours and 12 minutes in Chicago and murdered every 11 hours and 27 minutes. In 2019 usually, one individual was shot every 3 hours and 11 minutes, and a person was killed every 16 hours and 56 minutes.
The 2019 statistics are horrible. But the frequency of shootings and deaths up until now this year is unfortunately even worse.
Foxx can’t range from her dreadful record on prosecuting bad guys. She needs to be defeated in November due to the fact that her election-year conversion into a crime-fighter is an insincere charade. The Democratic state’s attorney’s Republican opponent, Pat O’Brien is a far better option for everyone thinking about minimizing our criminal offense rate and keeping our households safe.
Starting with her last project, Foxx has promoted “justice reform” that unfairly demonizes law enforcement officers, including those I represent as president of Fraternal Order of Authorities in Chicago. She was never ever interested in talking with the Fraternal Order of Cops or the law enforcement officer or retired officers we represent. Yet law enforcement officer risk their lives every day to protect our community from dangerous crooks.
Now, frightened of losing her reelection bid, Foxx is looking for every scapegoat she can consider to blame for the shootings, rioting, robbery and other crimes that are pestering the individuals of Chicago.
Foxx blames systemic racism and other ills for the increase in criminal activity– however if she wishes to find a major factor for the current rise in the criminal offense rate and rioting, all she has to do is look in the mirror. When she keep dropping charges versus criminals she welcomes more criminal activity.
Here’s the sad reality: The largest company in Chicago is street gangs. Those gangs are responsible for most of the shootings and killings that have actually made Chicago well-known for all the incorrect reasons. Those gangs’ primary income source is drug sales. Nobody can dispute this fact.
For that reason, punishing drug crimes starves gangs of the money they require to run. However such a crackdown requires a prosecutor ready to prosecute. Foxx is not that person.
In the name of “justice reform” dropping over half the felony drug cases in Cook County and 25%of the most major felony prosecutions– as Foxx has done– proved to be an absolutely dreadful idea, according to the Chicago Tribune investigation
When the chief law enforcement officer of Cook County thinks the best course of action is to let a lot of the baseline motorists of violence off with a warning, it’s no surprise the result is a bloodbath in the streets. Unfortunately, numerous young innocent victims have needed to pay the price for Foxx’s careless policies.
Foxx is simply one part of a damaged Cook County criminal justice system. Sheriff Tom Dart oversees a dysfunctional ankle-monitoring program that often has no clue regarding where a transgressor is located.
The chief judge in the country, Tim Evans, has actually encouraged judges to lower bail. County Board President Tony Preckwinkle has run the county into the ground even much faster than Mayor Lori Lightfoot has actually done to Chicago. It’s a dish for catastrophe. Foxx is simply the most noticeable failure.
Regrettably, political leaders and their unsuccessful policies have actually made Chicago a city that now surrounds on uninhabitable.
Our present environment is the very reason we have elections. Fortunately, the people can start to guide the ship far from the clash with the iceberg it is currently heading for at complete speed.
The November election is a fight for the body and soul of the fantastic city that I have actually called home my whole life. Citizens have an opportunity to say sufficient is enough.
Any civilized society has law and order at its core worth. Chicago has lost its way. I have faith that the quiet bulk will finally awaken with a thunderous voice and usher in the beginnings of modification when they cast their tallies. We can not continue to sit back silently while the mob and the pandering politicians destroy what is left of Chicago.
As president of the FOP Lodge 7 in Chicago I take pride in the work our members do every day. Our members are not racists who are out to shoot unarmed Black guys. Much of our police officers are Black themselves, and all our members are dedicated to securing all the people we serve, regardless of their race.
It’s a reality that the variety of Black males, ladies and kids shot and killed by crooks far goes beyond the number who are eliminated in confrontations with authorities. Yet protesters do not demonstrate and riot over the killings dedicated by lawbreakers.
Police officers have revealed incredible restraint in the face of unending criminal attacks on them during rioting. They will continue to be champs for order and I am happy to lead them and safeguard them.