Kim Foxx is ‘the biggest pro-criminal advocate in the nation,’ alderman fumes as outgoing prosecutor plans to reject charges stemming from most traffic stops

Silvana Tabares, left,and Kim Foxx (Facebook, Twitter)

CHICAGO — A Chicago alderman blasted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx as “the biggest pro-criminal advocate in the nation” after Foxx revealed plans not to prosecute crimes based on evidence police discover during most traffic stops.

Foxx said her office would refuse to file charges in most cases if evidence was found during a traffic stop for missing license plates, expired registrations, and other minor infractions. She called the anticipated change “a public safety enhancement effort.”

Gun and drug charges are among the kinds of cases Foxx would not pursue under the plan. And the draft policy states she would not prosecute cases even if the driver gave police permission to search their car, unless police had other probable cause to conduct the search.

Ald. Silvana Tabares (23rd) is among the public officials who don’t support Foxx’s plan.

“Creating a blanket policy that ignores the U.S. Supreme Courts’s [sic] Carroll v. United States is probably the most dangerous and pro-illegal firearm action from an already reckless soon-to-be ex-States Attorney,” Tabares said in a written statement.

The legal case Tabares cited is a well-known, nearly 100-year-old ruling that involved the police seizure of bootleg whiskey during Prohibition. She concluded that either Foxx doesn’t know the law or “she is more interested in cementing her legacy as the biggest pro-criminal advocate in the nation.”

Tabares said every person Mayor Brandon Johnson recently appointed to the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability “responded in the affirmative” when she asked if they believed Chicago police had the right to enforce the Illinois Vehicle Code.

“If you do not want to get pulled over because it’s an inconvenience, follow the rules of the road,” Tabares advised.

The alderman was hardly the only public official to downvote Foxx’s idea. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza called it “unbelievable, yet sadly completely believable.”

“This @KimFoxx policy will help keep illegal guns in the hands of criminal offenders, rather than getting them off the streets,” Mendoza tweeted. “Future victims deserve better. Looking forward to a new States Attorney who’ll follow & enforce the law.”

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