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Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate Judge Pat O’Brien announced today that his campaign has set up an online hotline for Cook County residents to directly report allegations of misconduct or failure to perform duties by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The action by O’Brien comes after Foxx announced she had created an online complaint process for county residents to report allegations of criminal police misconduct to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, a task already administered by the Chicago Police Department, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and also available to citizens through Chicago’s 311 non-emergency call service.
“As murders and gun violence soar in one of the bloodiest summers in Chicago, Ms. Foxx has set her sights on police officers, the men and women who provide our first line of defense from crime and violence,” said O’Brien.
“Of course, we all want to see police officers who commit misconduct held accountable, and that will be a priority for me as Cook County State’s Attorney. But this is a political stunt by Kim Foxx and she needs to be called out for it.”
The move to task Cook County prosecutors with this additional and duplicative responsibility comes as Foxx has ordered all Assistant State’s Attorneys and State’s Attorney staff to take five unpaid furlough days as a result of county budget cuts.
“Ms. Foxx is ordering her Assistants, who are on the front lines every day prosecuting cases on behalf of crime victims, to take furlough days while she increases their work responsibilities with this shameful political ploy. Enough is enough.”
O’Brien said he is encouraging the public, victims of crime, law enforcement officers, and Cook County and State’s Attorney employees to access the online hotline at www.foxxfails.com and provide any information on misconduct or failure to perform the duties of the office. He said the complaints will be reviewed by former Assistant State’s Attorneys and, if required, referred to an investigative agency.
O’Brien also said his campaign would make public the complaints against Foxx on social media platforms to ensure transparency in the process.