Chicago Mayor Wants Feds Involved After Prosecutor Refuses To Charge Suspects In Gang-Related Shooting

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is asking the federal government to intervene and examine evidence after the Cook County States Attorney, Kim Foxx, refused to charge five men alleged to have taken part in a gang-related shooting that left at least one dead and two injured, because the individuals were engaged in “mutual combat.” Foxx’s office “refused to charge five men arrested in connection with a gang-related gunfight that left at least one person dead and two wounded, even though police requested a number of felony charges for each individual suspect,” including murder and aggravated battery, The Daily Wire reported Wednesday. The five men were released. Prosecutors initially said that they “determined that the evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to approve felony charges,” but a memo released later noted that “[m]utual combatants was cited as the reason for the rejection,” suggesting that the men were not charged because they were only a danger to each other, despite the incident being related to ongoing gang violence. […] The mayor, a former prosecutor, countered Foxx’s contention that the case against the five men was slim. “This is, to me, a very compelling case,” Lightfoot said.

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