Anita Alvarez, State's Attorney Who Lagged On Charging Laquan McDonald's Killer, Ousted By Opponent Kim Foxx

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Anita Alvarez—the State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who has grown nationally famous for her reluctance to charge 68 police officers involved in fatal shootings—has lost her race to keep her job tonight to Kim Foxx, an opponent from Cabrini Green whose express goal was to “bring back integrity to our criminal justice system” in the name of reform and accountability.

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Alvarez is best known for waiting over a full year to bring charges against Jason Van Dyke in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, and then only after Mayor Rahm Emmanuel was racked with protests. Black Lives Matter activists organized for Alvarez’s ouster, too, and her loss was something like a referendum, earning only 29% of the vote in comparison to Foxx’s 57.5%.

Tuesday night, the Chicago Tribune’s Jeff Coen at first tweeted that Alvarez was soon to address her supporters in a concession speech, but later suggested that appearance was up in the air:

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Last week, Cook County State’s Attorney-elect Kim Foxx told the Chicago Reader her plans for the position:

“You cannot look at the criminal justice system in a vacuum. We need a broader and more holistic view of how we prevent crime and how we keep communities safer,” a view to which the state’s attorney must be held accountable, she says. “The public has to hold feet to the fire on these issues. And Anita Alvarez’s feet have not been held to the fire.”

Kim Foxx.
Kim Foxx.

Update, 11:20 PM: Buzzfeed News reports that the activist group Assata’s Daughters has released a statement on the win:

Chicago Black youth kicked Anita Alvarez out of office. Just a month ago, Anita Alvarez was winning in the polls. Communities who refused to be killed and jailed and abused without any chance at justice refused to allow that to happen. We did this for Rekia. We did this for Laquan. We won’t stop until we’re free and Kim Foxx should know that well.

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DISCUSSION

My ignorance showing here, but almost all I know about Cabrini Green is from one of the greatest films of any kind ever made, Hoop Dreams. And I used to hear stories about Michael Jordan occasionally and quietly sliding out the players parking lot after a game at the old madhouse on madison to go and visit the kids there. So what I know, or knew. Is that Cabrini Green was a rough place controlled by drugs, not immune to the murders of young black men, yet filled with good, hard working folk trying to better their neighborhood. How is Cabrini Green these days as opposed to the? Honestly asking. And, what an amazing victory for Ms. Foxx! Imagine that, a woman of color actually tasked to represent the best interests of people of color. Fight the good fight Kim!