As violence escalates in America’s cities, the officials elected to serve on behalf of the people are letting dangerous criminals roam the streets and defying the police who are there to keep communities safe.
This behavior is on full display in Chicago, where Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx continues to drop charges against violent criminals, even as rioters and looters run rampant in the Windy City.
The Chicago Tribune found that, during Foxx’s first three years as State’s Attorney (the county’s top prosecutor), her office dropped 30% of all felony charges it received. Her predecessor’s rate was just 19.4%.
While this is happening, the number of shootings in Chicago increased by 48%, and the number of people killed in the city increased by 55%, the Tribune reported. Foxx maintains that there’s no connection between the two.
“The fact that we’ve had three years of my policies that have been put in place and over the three years we did not see an increase in violent crime would suggest to me that … that is not a logical outcome,” Foxx told the Tribune.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown sees this issue a little differently.
“These criminals were emboldened by no consequences in the criminal system,” Brown told Chicago’s ABC7 News.
Think about that for a second — police officers in Chicago are putting their lives on the line to arrest violent felons just to have the charges dropped by blatantly anti-police elected officials like Foxx.
More than 1,000 extra Chicago police officers are now on the city’s streets to put an end to looting and violence in the city. Brown has vowed to do everything in his power to restore law and order, and he hopes elected officials like Foxx and Mayor Lori Lightfoot will cooperate.
“We want to send a message to these looters, if you’re listening, we’re committed to finding you if you escape” and prosecute you, Brown told Fox32 news. “We are committed to prosecuting looting in this city.”
For more on Foxx’s anti-police actions in Chicago, watch our latest video.
Chicago has seen a 139% jump in murders in 2020, according to the city’s police department. Violence continues every weekend, prompting Mayor Lori Lightfoot to say, “it feels like we’re losing the streets.” Read more here.