GOP Representative Jim Durkin Says Criminals Are Winning the War on Crime in Chicago
Illinois Republicans and suburban Chicago-area police chiefs are backing a new bill that would allow officers to override decisions by Cook County State Attorney Kim Granthshala to comfortably charge because, increasingly, gang-related Violent crime is now spreading to the suburbs surrounding the metropolitan area.
State House Republican Leader Rep. Jim Durkin, presented with State Republican Sen. John Curran house bill 4176, which would allow police departments to override the decision of a state attorney or assistant state attorney to deny felony charges of a designated ongoing investigation.
“If the police determine that there is clear and convincing evidence that a crime has occurred, then they will have the authority to override the decision of the state attorney,” Durkin told Granthshala News Digital. “State lawyers are dumping a lot of cases – not dismissing them – but saying we’re going to keep this on constant scrutiny and that means basically it falls into the abyss that Nothing happens. That’s how he’s able to keep his felony dismissal statistics at a lower level.”
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“It seems as though criminals are winning the war on crime in Chicago and Cook County,” he said. “It’s not because of the police. It’s because we have a prosecuting lawyer who is choosing not to work with the police and has turned his back on the police on several occasions.”
The proposal comes two weeks after Foxx and Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot fought a war of words between two rival gang factions over a state attorney’s decision not to bring felony charges in broad daylight caught on camera on the West Side. Happened.
Videos showed criminals getting out of a car and setting a house on fire, before members of a rival gang opened fire inside the house, hurling dozens of shells across the street. One died, and several were injured and taken into custody, but Foxx cited “mutual” fighting in his decision to release the perpetrators.
“He looks like it was a gentleman’s duel,” Durkin said. “It is a question for a jury to determine whether it was a case of self-defense or if it was a mutual fight. But the fact of the matter is that she is trying the case right there at the crime scene and it is true.” Not there.”
“If that doesn’t scream for justice, I don’t know what else we can do?” Durkin said. “That’s why I want the police to have the right to say ‘I’m sorry, Miss Foxx.’ We don’t agree with you and we’re going to move in a different direction. We’re going to make sure these criminals are held accountable. are being held and they will be in the criminal justice system.”
Lightfoot later asked federal prosecutors to review the evidence in the case — Durkin himself, a former Cook County assistant, said the trend is increasing, as the U.S. Attorney’s Office becomes more involved in its general role of tackling financial crimes and corruption. Chicago is expanding to take over. Street violence cases when Foxx’s office chooses not to step up to the prosecution plate.
Under the bill, the state attorney would have seven days to set aside the police department’s override by filing a petition to the chief justice of the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court. If the court determines that the law enforcement agency’s decision was “based on clear and convincing evidence,” the state attorney must proceed with a preliminary hearing or by grand jury within 30 days from the date the defendant is taken into custody. Indictment should be sought. If the offender was released on bond, a preliminary trial or indictment must take place within 60 days from the date of his arrest.
If the felony charges are dismissed, the state attorney must notify the victims’ families within 24 hours and provide a written explanation as to why the offender was not charged.
“It’s like a revolving door with gang bangers and drug dealers,” Durkin said. “That is why I am empowering the police to be accountable not only to law enforcement but to bring accountability to this office, but also to the victims who are left wondering ‘this person is from the police district. Why is going out who has committed this terrible crime?'”
a 2020 Chicago Tribune Analysis found that Foxx dropped “29.9% of all charges against felony defendants, a dramatic increase compared to its predecessor.” in between, Chicago Sun-Times reported that Cook County is on track to see the highest carjacking numbers in 20 years, as carjackings are up 43.5 percent this year compared to the same time period in 2020. In another case, a seven-year-old girl was shot dead. , Foxx’s office refused to do so, so police officers filed their charges against the suspect, but their charges were also dropped, Chicago Tribune informed of.
A spokesman for the Cook County state attorney’s office told Granthshala News Digital, “Prosecutors must act with integrity in order to pursue justice and meet ethical standards for making charges against individuals who commit crimes. Evidence.” should support those allegations.” “In suburban Cook County, CCSAO approves 85% of cases, and if there is an insufficient amount of evidence, we continue to work with law enforcement to bring in new evidence. The current system of checks and balances in the criminal justice system Where police investigates and CCSAO prosecutes.”
Durkin held meetings with more than two dozen Cook County police chiefs last week.
“The despair they have is deep,” he said. “Crime in Chicago is on the rise in the suburbs. We’re doing carjacking at a record pace in suburban Chicago, kidnappings, murders. The things you usually see in a large metropolitan area are making it into the suburbs. The same frustrations that happen. You see, with the Chicago police now the suburban police have.”
The bill was submitted to committee on Wednesday, and Durkin hopes Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch, a Democrat, will see value in the law because he lives in one of the suburbs that has seen a huge increase in crime. Durkin said Hillside Police Chief Joe Lukaszek, who runs the department serving Welch’s neighborhood, has voiced his support behind the bill.
“But the Democrats passed legislation earlier that year that is an absolute disgrace to law enforcement officers – a police reform bill that has fueled even more mistrust among Democrat leaders and rank-and-file officers in the state,” he said. “This is not the only crime we are seeing in Chicago, it is an insult to law enforcement by Democrat leaders in the state of Illinois, including the governor, Cook County’s state attorney, and Democrat leaders in the legislature.”
Welch’s office did not immediately return Granthshala News Digital’s request for comment.