Lori Lightfoot and Kim Foxx meet at City Hall after indicting a decision-making battle – NBC Chicago
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and District Attorney Kim Foxx met at City Hall on Thursday following a public disagreement over the Cook County’s decision not to indict five people in a fatal gang shooting.
This summit came after many officials, local residents and community leaders urged the two officials to resolve their differences.
In a statement following the meeting, Foxx said she and Lightfoot have renewed their commitment to work together to tackle community violence.
“The prosecutor also hopes to continue to have discussions with the Mayor and Supt. Brown about concerns about Area 5 and violence in Chicago,” said Foxx.
The mayor’s office has not yet issued an opinion on the meeting.
In the shootings that led to the controversy, gang members began shooting into a house to lure out or injure members of a rival gang, police said.
Eventually, one person was killed and two others injured in the incident, which was watched by uniformed officers in a tagged police vehicle. Officials believe that most of the incident was captured with body-worn cameras.
Foxx’s office found that “there was insufficient evidence to meet the burden of proof to approve criminal charges,” and five people in custody were released. Foxx’s office also said witnesses were not cooperative in the case, which further hampered the investigation.
Following that decision, Lightfoot and five Chicago city councilors released a letter on Monday expressing their disagreements with the process.
The very public battle between Chicago Mayoress Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx continued on Tuesday.
“They shoot an apartment in broad daylight and there are no consequences,” said the mayor. “We need to understand how it is possible that no one would be charged in a shooting like this, which is on film.”
Foxx reacted urgently in a press conference on Tuesday.
“Our job is not just an arrest, it is also a conviction,” she said. “Discussing the facts of this case in the press without using any evidence is just a disservice.”
Foxx says that as a former prosecutor, Lightfoot should be more sensitive to the office’s demands and that she was disappointed with the mayor’s remarks.
“I was honestly ashamed of what happened yesterday, especially because the mayor, as a former prosecutor, knows what she did yesterday was inappropriate,” Foxx said.