SAYS CRIME-FIGHTING DEPLOYMENT OF FEDERAL AGENTS SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE INCREASED PROSECUTIONS IN THE WAKE OF FOXX FAILURES
Following several days of unprecedented gang and gun violence in which 23 Chicagoans were shot and four killed this past Tuesday alone — Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Judge Pat O’Brien blasted State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Thursday for her failed record on gun prosecutions and for continuing to release felony offenders who are returning to Chicago communities to commit new crimes.
During each year of her 3 1/2 -year tenure as State’s Attorney, Foxx has lost more gun trials than she has won and she has been “invisible” as Chicago endures one of its bloodiest summers, with a 51 percent increase in homicides compared to the same time last year, according to O’Brien.
“Kim Foxx takes the time to issue press releases about police misconduct, but she is invisible when it comes to addressing the gun violence that is mowing down innocent children and residents on our streets,” said O’Brien. “That’s because she has had a direct hand in returning violent offenders into communities without proper sanctions and oversight. She must answer for her actions.”
O’Brien said he welcomes the deployment of more than 200 federal agents this week to help battle the excessive violence and is hopeful that federal authorities will also step in to spearhead the prosecution of gang and gun-related violent crime where Foxx has failed.
“Our great city has become the killing fields of gun violence, and we are a national horror when it comes to violent crime and murder,” said O’Brien. “In addition to assistance by federal agents with crime-fighting, I am hopeful that federal authorities will also look to increase their prosecutions of gang and gun-related crime where Kim Foxx has failed to do so.”
O’Brien cited several cases as examples of offenders who have been released under Foxx’s failed policies and returned to the community to commit other violent crimes while on bond, probation, or electronic home monitoring:
– Teantun Davis was charged with multiple felony counts of aggravated battery by discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon July 17 in connection with a shooting in Old Town in which he is alleged to have fired 14 rounds at two men who were sitting outside eating a sandwich. The two men were both struck as well as a 5-month-old baby sitting in a stroller about 100 yards away from the men. At the time of this shooting last Friday, Davis was on probation for illegal possession of a firearm and he had been arrested by Chicago Police four times since last summer.
– Darryl Young was charged in April of 2020 with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after allegedly shooting and killing a 23-year-old man in Chicago. Young, who has juvenile convictions for aggravated robbery, burglary and possessing a stolen motor vehicle, was released from jail after being given an affordable bond and remanded to the electronic monitoring program. Sheriff’s deputies reported Young AWOL from his home on July 5 and he was rearrested July 9 in possession of another weapon.
– Christian Valcich was charged with criminal sexual assault by force in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in his apartment earlier this month. At the time of his arrest, Valcich was out on bond for a similar attack on a woman that occurred in February of 2019, in which he posted $3,000 and was released into the community while awaiting trial.
O’Brien also said he is launching a campaign blitz today engaging voters to “Fire Kim Foxx.” He said the first 1,000 people to sign his online petition will receive a “Fire Foxx” lawn sign.