City To Drop Hundreds Of Charges Against Protesters
Hundreds of protesters in the Chicago area will have charges against them dropped in the wake of national unrest that was sparked following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx said while violent offenders, which include some looters, will be prosecuted, up to 817 protesters who had minor charges against them will be off the hook.
“Those 817 represent nonviolent offenses, offenses that in some cases would be considered ordinance violations outside of the statute,” Foxx said. “Also, they don’t involve crimes of violence or allegations involving a victim.”
About 200 offenders will continue to face charges related to looting, which Foxx plans to prosecute.
Foxx cited a lack of budgetary resources to extend full prosecutions of minor incidents, according to Chicago’s Fox 32. She cited the same reasoning after she made the decision not to prosecute shoplifters caught with less than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise. The decision comes amid Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s announcement this week to cut the prosecutor’s budget by 10%.
Author: Mica Soellner
Source: Washington Examiner: State Attorney confirms charges will be dropped against hundreds of protesters in Chicago area