After Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx declined to file felony charges that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) sought in 43 cases related to BLM, Antifa looters who wrecked the city’s “Magnificent Mile” shopping district and caused an estimated $60 million in damages.
Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police union president John Catanzara sent a letter to the United States Attorney’s office requesting federal charges be brought against those who participated in the riot.
You may remember Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for her infamous decision not to prosecute Jussie Smollett after his failed MAGA hate crime hoax.
Chicago’s CBS affiliate reported that Catanzara personally requested US Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. to consider levying federal charges against those who participated in the riot.
“Your office has the power and expertise to prosecute these cases and we beseech you to step in and stand for law and order as Chicago Police Officers do each and every day,”
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Catanzara noted that officers felt unprotected during the unrest and that several were injured protecting thousands of luxury merchandise in the high-end shopping district from theft.
“Our members were subject to threats both verbally and physically, were battered with all types of bricks and rocks, and stood the line to help protect the citizens and their property.
Our offices did this with the understanding that the looters and criminals would be prosecuted and held to account for their actions. It appears that this is not going to happen.”
During Foxx’s first three years as the county’s top prosecutor, her office dropped all charges against 29.9% of felony defendants, a dramatic increase over her predecessor, the Tribune found. For the last three years of Anita Alvarez’s tenure, the rate was 19.4%.”
The Tribune article continues: “In all, a total of 25,183 people had their felony cases dismissed under Foxx through November 2019, up from 18,694 for a similar period under Alvarez.”
Read the Letter Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police union president sent to US Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr.: