Chicago mayor, State Attorney Kim Foxx clash over deadly shootout

Chicago mayor, State Attorney Kim Foxx clash over deadly shootout


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed Cook County’s State Attorney Kim Foxx for not bringing charges in a deadly West Side shooting – and Foxx is hitting back.

One person was killed and several others injured on Friday when a shootout broke out among alleged gang members in the Austin neighborhood that was caught on police cameras – but Foxx didn’t charge five suspects saying there was insufficient evidence.

Lightfoot said on Monday she and lawmakers sent a letter to Foxx asking to reconsider fearing a lack of accountability could send the city into chaos, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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“It’s complicated, for sure, but we really urge the state’s attorney herself to get involved, look at the evidence,” Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, said. “And I believe that there are charges that can be brought at a minimum against the individuals who initiated the gunfire. We can’t live in a world where there’s no accountability.”

Foxx shot back at Lightfoot at a press conference on Tuesday, saying police agreed with her assessment after a lack of cooperation from witnesses.

Cook County’s State Attorney Kim Foxx argues there’s not enough evidence to prosecute alleged gang members involved in a shooting. AP Photo/Matt Marton

“I’m mortified by what happened yesterday, particularly because the mayor as a former prosecutor, knows that what she did yesterday was inappropriate,” Foxx said.

But as Foxx stood her ground, Lightfoot doubled down – and said she is asking the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago to get investigate whether federal charges can be filed.

“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,” CBS Chicago reported.

Those involved could have been charged with crimes ranging from disturbing the peace all the way up to attempted murder to “send a message,” Lightfoot said.

Both officials are Democrats and Lightfoot backed Foxx’s reelection campaign, but pressure has been mounting to fight ongoing violent crime in Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, The Chicago Tribune said.

Foxx said that since she took office in 2016 through July this year, there have been 13,374 shootings in the city – but only 2,447 have resulted in an arrest, CBS stated.

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