At least 42 people have been indicted for crimes following widespread looting and unrest in Chicago this week, according to Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx on Thursday.
Foxx said in a statement that her office is “ready and available” to review these cases and charge suspects “when appropriate.”
The charges include 28 for burglary and looting, six for possession of a weapon, five for aggravated battery or resistance to a police officer and one each for theft and criminal damage to property, the office said. The most serious case linked to the looting was attempted murder.
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Latrell Allen, 20, was charged with attempted murder Monday after shooting at officers, according to Chicago police.
The unrest, which began late Sunday, stemmed from a video posted on Facebook that falsely claimed police shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
City officials had called on Foxx to hold more than 100 of those arrested accountable.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown pointed out Foxx’s guilt earlier this week. Brown suggested that because so few were hit with serious charges during the previous looting in late May and early June, it prompted more to do the same, Fox 32 Chicago reported.
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“Criminals took to the streets with confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions, and first, I refuse to let these cowardly acts hold our city hostage,” Brown said after the shooting. “CPD will not stand by as our beautiful center becomes a place that people fear.”
Foxx, however, denied allegations that the looting was driven by the lack of prosecution.
“The notion that people think they are empowered in some way because people were not prosecuted for looting in the wake of the onset of the unrest is simply not true. These cases are coming to court now, ”Foxx said, according to the station.
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Her office on Thursday did not immediately have information on misdemeanors related to the looting. In a case in which her office refused to file offenses, detectives revealed “not to commit a crime” according to the release.