More and more Americans have come to know Chicago not as the ‘Windy City’ but as the nation’s largest open-air shooting range. Actions by Soros-funded Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx will only further reinforce that reputation. Her prosecutors have refused to charge five gang members with felony murder and attempted murder in the aftermath of a massive shootout last Friday morning. The stated reason: they were involved in “mutual combat.”
Even worse, the quintet were released from jail Sunday without any charges. Paging William Ayers: Guilty as sin, free as a bird.
You may have thought that dueling was a crime. Apparently not in the eyes of Kim Foxx and her indulgent band of prosecutors.
Cops wanted felony murder and attempted murder charges against the five who were arrested. Police had responded with a SWAT team and found one dead body and two more leakers.
The story of prosecutors nixing charges is making national news :
Illinois prosecutors rejected charging five suspects in a deadly gang-related shootout that unfolded in Chicago, despite police reportedly seeking to charge all five suspects with murder and aggravated battery.
The shootout took place in the Austin community of Chicago Friday morning, and was reportedly sparked by an internal dispute between two factions of the Four Corner Hustlers gang, the Chicago Sun Times reported, citing an internal police report and a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation.
Five men were taken into custody over the shootout, which required a SWAT team response and led to police finding more than 70 shell casings. One shooter was left dead and two of the suspects wounded.
The police source told the outlet that law enforcement sought murder and aggravated battery charges for all five suspects.
By Sunday morning, however, they were released without charges.
Do you think a licensed concealed carrier would have dodged prosecution if he’d had a negligent discharge somewhere on the streets of the city?
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who presides over Mogadishu on Lake Michigan (623 people shot and killed so far this year), has been critical of Foxx in the past and had this to say about the prosecutor’s inaction in the case . . .
“Having looked at this, gotten a deep understanding from the detectives that were doing the investigation, it’s really hard to understand that decision,” Lightfoot said. “It’s complicated, for sure. But we really urge the State’s Attorney herself to get personally involved, look at the evidence, and I believe that there are charges that can be brought at a minimum against the individuals who initiated the gunfire.”
And with that, another 1000 Chicagoans have made the decision to purchase their first firearm.
Foxx’s office released a statement in response to Lightfoot’s comments saying prosecutors have an ethical obligation “to only bring forth charges where the facts, evidence, and law support it.”
Police detectives acknowledged to prosecutors that “given the chaotic nature at the scene they were unable to determine how the events unfolded” and agreed they weren’t able to approve charges based on the evidence to date, according to Foxx’s office.
If you listen closely you can hear the sound of another 1000 Chicagoans beating a path to their nearest gun retailer after deciding to purchase their first firearm.