config

Raoul joins petition to appoint special prosecutor

raoul spec prosCourt appointee would take over prosecution of officer accused of killing Laquan McDonald

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement this morning:

Today I join with a coalition of community leaders to ask the Cook County Circuit Court to appoint a special prosecutor to take over prosecution of the Chicago police officer accused of killing Laquan McDonald. This appointee would also be tasked with investigating the possibility that the circumstances of the 17-year-old’s death were misrepresented, covered up and hidden from the public.

I do not take this step lightly. Normally, the state’s attorney should have the power to prosecute and to investigate, but given the unexplained delay in bringing charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke, citizens of Cook County cannot rely on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to conduct a vigorous prosecution or a thorough and unbiased investigation.

Members of the public must be confident that justice will be served, particularly where the accountability of law enforcement is at stake. Serious questions about the state’s attorney’s credibility in this matter have frayed the necessary bonds of trust between the public and its justice system and demand fresh leadership in the Van Dyke prosecution. This avenue is made possible by a new provision in state law, part of a law enforcement reform package I sponsored to improve public safety by strengthening accountability and building trust. While one would hope that the state’s attorney would recognize the harm her actions – and inactions – have done and would voluntarily step aside, she appears determined not do what is best for the delivery of justice in this case. We must therefore ask the court to intervene.

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Steans: With ratification by 38 states, it’s time for the Equal Rights Amendment
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
CHICAGO – State Senator Heather Steans issued the following statement on news that Virginia today became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights...

Read More...
IMAGE Lightford announces library grants to local school districts
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
SPRINGFIELD – Ten local school districts will receive more than $16,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant...

Read More...
IMAGE Castro seeks answers, solutions at ethics commission hearing on lobbying
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
CHICAGO – The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform met to discuss lobbying regulation Wednesday. “I’m fed up with it, and I know the...

Read More...
IMAGE Crowe announces library grants to local school districts
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
GLEN CARBON – Six local school districts will receive more than $14,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant...

Read More...
IMAGE Bennett invites small business owners to a tax credit workshop
Thursday, 09 January 2020
CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is partnering with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the Champaign County Chamber...

Read More...