Chal­lenger sets up site to field com­plaints about Foxx

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCH DUDEK, STAFF RE­PORTER mdudek@sun­ | @mitch­dudek

Three days af­ter Cook County State’s At­tor­ney Kim Foxx an­nounced an on­line form to field allegation­s of po­lice mis­con­duct, her Repub­li­can chal­lenger called the move a “stunt” and an­nounced he cre­ated a web­site of his own to field allegation­s of mis­con­duct against Foxx.

For­mer Cir­cuit Court Judge Pat O’Brien an­nounced Sun­day his cam­paign set up an “on­line hot­line” for Cook County res­i­dents to re­port com­plaints about Foxx.

O’Brien called Foxx’s ef­fort disin­gen­u­ous and un­nec­es­sary be­cause other agen­cies are tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing such com­plaints.

“As mur­ders and gun vi­o­lence soar in one of the blood­i­est sum­mers in Chicago, Ms. Foxx has set her sights on po­lice of­fi­cers, the men and women who provide our first line of de­fense from crime and vi­o­lence,” O’Brien said in a state­ment.

Reached by phone Mon­day, O’Brien said Foxx’s ef­fort — a form that can be filled out and sub­mit­ted on the state’s at­tor­ney’s web­site — was a stunt, but his web­site was not.

“This isn’t a stunt at all, it’s a way for us to gather more in­for­ma­tion to put in front of vot­ers to help de­cide whether they want to re­turn her for an­other four years in of­fice,” he said.

Foxx cam­paign spokes­woman Alex Sims said “we don’t have any com­ment.”

O’Brien’s web­site — — al­lows for com­plaints per­tain­ing to “neg­li­gence, mis­con­duct or mal­prac­tice that oc­curred in Cook County only.” Com­plaints will be re­viewed by for­mer Cook County pros­e­cu­tors and could be re­ferred to an in­ves­tiga­tive agency, O’Brien said.

Rel­e­vant com­plaints will be posted to so­cial me­dia to “en­sure trans­parency,” O’Brien said.

About 30 mes­sages had been re­ceived at the site as of Mon­day evening, O’Brien said. Sev­eral con­tained “ver­bal graf­fiti” aimed at Foxx. Oth­ers were from vic­tims or rel­a­tives of vic­tims com­plain­ing “cases were not han­dled prop­erly or charges they thought were ap­pro­pri­ate weren’t ap­proved,” O’Brien said.

Pat O’Brien

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