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Kim Foxx calls for urgent action on West Side police shooting
From a press release

CHICAGO ( December 26, 2015 )—Cook County State's Attorney candidate Kim Foxx called on Saturday for urgent action by the prosecutor's office and the Independent Police Review Authority in response to the shooting death by Chicago Police officers this morning of two civilians on Chicago's West Side.

While the facts around the shooting are not yet clear, two Chicagoans were reportedly shot and killed by police—including a man who may have been in mental distress and a bystanding neighbor.

"State's Attorney Alvarez has a disturbing track record of taking a hands-off approach to police-involved shootings," said Foxx. "Given the environment of public distrust toward law enforcement and the criminal justice system, the State's Attorney must not sit on her hands this time around. An active, engaged role in responding to this incident is essential as we seek justice and truth for all those involved."

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Foxx has called for the activation of a special prosecutor in all police-involved shooting cases to remove any questions around conflict of interest or pro-police bias on the part of the State's Attorney's office. But in the meantime, she said, "the State's Attorney Office must show unequivocally that it is taking this incident seriously."

"The criminal justice system in Cook County is broken—and slow action by the State's Attorney that has delayed justice for victims in these kinds of cases is part of the problem," said Foxx. "That's why we need new leadership in the State's Attorney's Office."

Kim Foxx is a veteran prosecutor who spent 12 years as an Assistant State's Attorney, handling thousands of cases and taking on some of the County's most dangerous felons—including murderers and domestic and sexual abusers. Foxx, who grew up in the Cabrini Green housing projects, was herself a victim of violent crime and struggled with homelessness before earning her law degree, becoming a public guardian for minors in the Cook County court system, and joining the prosecutor's office. She went on to lead a sweeping criminal justice reform initiative as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's Chief of Staff and to serve as President of Planned Parenthood Illinois.

Foxx is running to unseat the embattled Alvarez in the March 15, 2016 Democratic primary election.

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