Days after Kim Foxx launches police misconduct hotline, opponent unveils hotline for complaints about her

Pat O’Brien, the Republican candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney | O’Brien For Cook

Days after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx launched a hotline to field allegations of police misconduct, her Republican opponent in the upcoming election announced a new program of his own: a hotline for people who want to file allegations of misconduct by Kim Foxx.

“We all want to see police officers who commit misconduct held accountable, and that will be a priority for me as Cook County State’s Attorney,” said former Cook County Judge Pat O’Brien. “But [the police misconduct hotline] is a political stunt by Kim Foxx and she needs to be called out for it.”

KIM FOXX
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx | CCSAO

When Foxx announced the hotline Tuesday, she said, “it is our obligation to provide an outlet where these serious concerns can be acknowledged and addressed in a timely way.”

Foxx’s hotline specifically solicits reports of police involvement in crimes ranging from home invasion to reckless driving.

But O’Brien counters that other agencies already handle police misconduct allegations throughout the county.

O’Brien also accused Foxx of forcing assistant state’s attorneys to take up to five furlough days to save on budget expenses while increasing the remaining prosecutors’ workloads with the duplicative hotline.

Foxx, though, contends that her hotline offers “an immediate resource as we work to increase accountability and equity in our justice system.”

The “Kim Foxx Misconduct Complaint Form” created by O’Brien asks the public to submit details of “how Kim Foxx’s negligence, misconduct or malpractice has harmed you.”

“Complaints will be reviewed by former Assistant State’s Attorneys and, if required, referred to an investigative agency,” O’Brien said in a press release Sunday. His campaign will also make submitted complaints public on social media “to ensure transparency in the process.”

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