Chicago’s police-bashing mayor endorses Kim Foxx for public office

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COOK COUNTY, Ill. – The police-hating mayor of Chicago just endorsed Kim Foxx, the notorious state’s attorney known for botching the Jussie Smollett fiasco, for re-election in 2020.

We can’t exactly say we’re surprised, considering the two “leaders” don’t really seem to care about law and order or the safety of their citizens. So why not band together?

WGNTV reported that on Friday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot endorsed Foxx for her 2020 campaign for State’s Attorney, saying she “stood up to the NRA and won. She took on Trump’s war on people of color and immigrants. And she’s working to undo decades of injustice in Cook County.”

 

Foxx’s seat as Cook County State’s Attorney is up for re-election next year. Her opposition will be tough, as former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and reserve U.S. Navy intelligence officer, Bill Conway, steps up to give her a run for her money. 

Conway says that Foxx has been too lenient on criminal gun offenders, especially as Chicago boasts some of the strictest gun control measures but still sees skyrocketing homicide and violent crime rates.

Let’s look at how Foxx has been doing as the central prosecutor in Cook County. First of all, we’re all painfully aware of how Foxx’s office handled – or rather didn’t handle – the Jussie Smollett case. Smollett was all but found guilty of orchestrating a hate crime hoax, filing a false police report, and wasting everyone’s time while demonizing Trump supporters in an effort to apparently become more famous. 

Chicago's police-bashing mayor endorses Kim Foxx for public office
Kim Foxx // Jussie Smollett

 

And cops are pissed. Not only did they spend their time investigating what they thought to be a horrible offense, but when they found out the truth, the case mysteriously fell off the map and Smollett was allowed to walk. 

Not only that, but recent studies showed that murder rates are off the charts in the Illinois city, and killers are walking free.

If you’re curious as to the possibility of being arrested for committing a murder within Chicago, under the assumption that you were to commit one, there’s a more than fifty percent chance that you will get away with it.

Data stemming from the city showed that there were 5,534 homicides in Chicago between 2007 and 2017 and 26 percent of these homicides resulted in an arrest. Overall, victims of homicide and their loved ones are left hanging by this sad statistic, but the question is: why is the arrest rate so low for an area inundated with murder and violent crime?

Experts say a key reason is a lack of cooperation, either because people distrust the police or because they’re afraid to speak out. Either way, Chicago authorities clear fewer homicides than departments in other large cities.

The only thing you can be sure of is that there’s a high chance that justice won’t be doled out if you or a loved one dies in that city.

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(Photo courtesy Robert Weisskopf)

 

The proof is in the proverbial pudding, and one need not look any further than the slaying of Terry Green Jr. to understand the struggles that the police are faced with when trying to get suspects behind bars for murder.

Back in March of this year, 25-year-old Terry Green Jr. was shot and killed outside a West Side fast food joint. A cell phone video shows the incident that led up to the shooting. There were also numerous witnesses seen on the video, as well as a possible suspect. If video evidence was not enough in the case, Terry Green Jr. had also told police who arrived at the scene who the assailant was shortly before he succumbed to his injuries.

Still, no one was charged with the murder because authorities said that no one was willing to testify.

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Chicago's police-bashing mayor endorses Kim Foxx for public office

 

The victim’s father in that case spoke to a local news team about the frustrations associated with the lack of resolve in his son’s murder.

“Well, a lot of these people, Terry actually knew them. For them not to come forward and not give up any information to help solve his murder is like a slap in the face to him,” he said.

However, police officers in the area are not at all surprised by the lack of outcome in cases such as these and mention that it’s a common problem.

And support for law enforcement from the city’s mayor is nowhere to be found. 

She started off her reign as a city leader by saying that Chicago cops were racist. And then while attacks rain down on police, she keeps quiet.

“CPD officers are racist and have no respect for the lives and experiences of people of color, and approach every encounter with people of color as if the person, regardless of age, gender, or circumstance, is a criminal,” Lori Lightfoot’s report said.

Here’s another prime example.

Last month, an electronic sign on Lake Shore Drive near Soldier Field was changed to read “Kill Cops” — during rush hour traffic, and right next to a memorial for the fallen.

Guess who didn’t say a word?

Then, she called the head of the local police union a “clown” in public.

It’s no wonder the city is having a huge problem with recruiting and retaining officers. 

 

Who would want to be a cop when literally everyone – including your superiors – is against you?

The past Chicago police test used to draw tens of thousands of applicants and was held every 4 or 5 years.  Now the city is running advertisements, recruiting in minority schools, running test preparation sites, and recently started a program to call individual applicants on the telephone to wake them up on the day of test.

 


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