After Chicago saw mass overnight looting this week, city officials are working on a series of plans to try and prevent future incidents with prosecutors, revealing 43 felony charges were recommended in connection with the recent episode.

Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx said 42 of the 43 charges have been approved. Of the 43 charges, 28 of them were for burglary and looting, six for gun possession, five for aggravated battery and resisting police, one for theft, one for criminal damage to property, and one for attempted murder.

“As of today, CPD has sought felony charges in 43 cases related to the events Sunday night — 42 of those cases have been approved,” Foxx tweeted on Thursday night. “I am committed to keeping our communities safe & continuing to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to demand accountability & seek justice.”

Foxx came under criticism earlier in 2020 after dropping charges for hundreds of protesters who gathered in Chicago after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Foxx said 29% of the cases brought to her during the Floyd protests were felonies, and the vast majority were misdemeanors and ordinance violations.

At the time she dropped the charges, Foxx cited a lack of budgetary resources to extend full prosecutions of minor incidents. She also previously decided not to prosecute shoplifters caught with less than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise.

In the recent incident of looting and widespread violence, over 100 people were arrested, and 13 officers were injured.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is seeking a plan to try and prevent this from happening again, announcing the city’s police department will create a “specialized, 20-person unit” that will monitor open-sourced social media posts for any signs of “suspicious activity” in addition to starting a task force partnership with the FBI focused on looting.

Chicago officials are also trying to free up resources from the city’s sanitation and transportation departments for police officers as well as encourage businesses to report any criminal activity through a hotline.

Author: Mica Soellner

Source: Washington Examiner: Prosecutors approve 42 felony charges for those involved with Chicago looting