CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Monday the latest round of Chicago looting was a blatant display of criminal behavior and her office will charge cases.
Earlier in the day, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown seemed to infer otherwise as city officials addressed a wave of vandalism and looting that occurred overnight.
He said flatly the looters acted brazenly because they don’t believe there will be consequences — serious charges and potential jail sentences — for their actions.
Foxx said her office is already working on 1,400 felony cases stemming from the local protest violence that rocked Chicago after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. She said most of the 5,000 arrests in Cook County amid the social unrest did not generate felony cases.
She said offenders should not feel like there will not be any repercussions.
“The disincentive is, if they are caught they will be prosecuted,” Foxx told reporters.
Foxx said there are no easy answers but it’s all hands on deck.
It’s not the first time Brown, Chicago’s top police official, has faulted the court system for effectively letting criminals back on the streets.