***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Judge Pat O’Brien Blasts Overnight CTA Attacks, Kim Foxx's Inaction
“Robbing and attacking senior citizens is beyond pathetic. Have we come to the point where discussions about Concealed Carry rights for seniors on the CTA is the solution to deter criminals who prey on what appears to be ‘easy-targets’?”
Chicago, IL – The Republican candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney, Judge Pat O’Brien, is disgusted by the overnight attack on two seniors riding the CTA.
As reported by NBC 5, Chicago, CTA crime has doubled since 2014. Eight of the top fifteen CTA stations accounting for violent incidents occur in predominately African American neighborhoods; violence goes unaddressed, leaving these communities endangered and without answers.
Judge Pat O’Brien issued the following statement:
“Robbing and attacking senior citizens is beyond pathetic. Kim Foxx’s ‘catch and release’ policies embolden criminals.
Here, we have a case where two defenseless seniors are violently attacked by five individuals, four of whom are minors and one young adult. Our seniors are no longer able to do something as simple as sitting on the train to get from point A to point B without fear of violence.
What is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer Foxx doing to solve this mess and restore public safety? Have we come to the point where discussions about Concealed Carry rights for seniors on the CTA is the solution to deter criminals who prey on, what appears to be, ‘easy targets’?
Like everything else she does, the Kim Foxx approach to addressing violence has, and continues to fail. Whether it’s protecting our seniors from Coronavirus or brazen criminals, a State’s Attorney office under my leadership will not turn a blind eye on the most vulnerable in our communities. Kim Foxx has ignored addressing the safety of seniors, victims of domestic violence, parents of murdered children, our youth, business owners, and every law-abiding citizen in Cook County.
Kim Foxx isn’t doing her job and protecting the people of Cook County; it’s time to elect a new State’s Attorney who will.”