On Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D-Ill.) issued a surprising public rebuke of Cook County’s State Attorney Kim Foxx (D-Ill.), after Foxx refused to press charges in the case of a deadly shooting in broad daylight, the New York Post reports.
The shooting, which involved rival gang members, took place on Friday in the West Side neighborhood of Austin, which led to one fatality and several injuries. Although much of the shooting was caught on police cameras and five suspects were arrested, Foxx’s office declined to seek any charges, claiming there was “insufficient evidence” and that the shooting amounted to “mutual combat.”
In a letter signed by Lightfoot and several other lawmakers that was sent to Foxx on Monday, Lightfoot said that Foxx’s lax approach to fighting crime in the city could lead to an even greater rise in crime due to the lack of proper enforcement of the law.
“It’s complicated, for sure, but we really urge the state’s attorney herself to get involved, look at the evidence,” Lightfoot said to the Chicago Sun-Times. “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.”
In a press conference on Tuesday, Foxx had her own words for the mayor, saying that she was “mortified” by Lightfoot’s rhetoric, and that “the mayor, as a former prosecutor, knows that what she did yesterday was inappropriate.” Foxx also claimed, without evidence, that police agreed with her decision to not press charges.
Lightfoot fired back after Foxx’s press conference, stating that she had asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago to investigate the matter themselves and determine if charges could be filed. “I think what people want to know,” Lightfoot said, “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