AMAC Exclusive – by Andrew Abbott
Earlier this month, at least four members of the Four Corner Hustlers, a Chicago street gang, poured out of two vehicles into a residential neighborhood and opened fire at a house occupied by a rival faction of the same gang. While most were using semi-automatic handguns, it was reported that some weapons were illegally modified to fire automatically. In response, at least three individuals returned fire from inside the house. When a police cruiser arrived at the scene, the gang members outside the home quickly fled. One of the vehicles was later “torched,” which is street talk for immolating the evidence. The other vehicle crashed after an extended police chase. All of the occupants inside the vehicle were arrested. The gang suspects in the home refused to surrender, triggering a standoff with SWAT officers. While they eventually did back down, no weapons were recovered from inside the home. In total, five people were arrested and one was killed.
But despite police capturing much of the deadly gunfight on camera, State Attorney Kim Foxx released all five suspects and rejected all charges against them. Foxx invoked the principle of “Mutual Combat,” a legal term referring to instances in which two parties enter into a mutually agreed fight “upon equal terms.” When pressed by reporters about the absurd decision, Foxx’s office shifted its message, stating that they had “determined that the evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to approve felony charges.”
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown criticized the decision, saying, “We want to charge everyone; we want the judge and the courts to sort it out, not to anticipate what might happen before a jury or a judge.” In cases like this, where it may be difficult to determine who started the engagement and suspects are uncooperative, determining outright blame can indeed be challenging. But for that very reason, most prosecutors will bring every charge forward and then work out a deal during negotiations. Discharging a firearm in a residential neighborhood, resisting arrest, arson, and illegally modifying a firearm are just a few of the crimes committed beyond the actual murder.
The decision to refuse all charges is so alarming that even far-left progressive Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned that it could plunge the city “into chaos.” Such a rebuke from a fellow Democrat may seem stunning to many political observers. But this is hardly the first time that Foxx’s office has come under scrutiny for effectively refusing to enforce the law.
Foxx first made national headlines in 2019 for her office’s handling of the now-infamous Jussie Smollett case. Earlier that year, actor Jussie Smollett filed a police report alleging that he was the victim of a hate crime. He claimed that two individuals wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats attacked him with a noose and an “unknown chemical substance” while calling him racist and homophobic names. The case received international attention. However, it was soon revealed that Smollett had staged the entire thing, and he was charged with filing a false police report, among other crimes. Despite this, Foxx refused to charge Smollett. This decision shocked the country and led to a special prosecutor investigation which found that Foxx’s office had mishandled the case.
But arguably the most egregious abdication of Foxx’s duty as state attorney came last month. Two girls, 7-year-old Serenity Broughton and her 6-year-old sister Aubrey, were victims of a drive-by shooting. While Aubrey recovered, Serenity died from her wounds. With the help of law enforcement, the victims’ family was able to find the shooter. However, Foxx again refused to prosecute the murderer, leading Commander Eric Winstrom of the Chicago Police department to chastise Foxx’s office. “Having people that we know committed murders, for cases we are confident should be charged, walking the streets is demoralizing,” he said. “To not try these cases and push back on the detectives saying we want more is a disservice to the detectives doing a great job but also to our community.”
Foxx’s actions should perhaps not be so surprising given that she is one of the pet projects of George Soros, the far-left billionaire who has in recent years dumped millions of dollars into state and local races with the goal of electing radical “social justice” prosecutors like Foxx across the country. Foxx won her elections in 2016 and 2020 with the help of millions in campaign funding from Soros. She now presides over the second-largest district in the country, meaning that the delusional Soros vision of criminal justice is now wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
But while violent criminals roaming Chicago’s streets may be fine with George Soros – after all, he doesn’t have to live there – Foxx’s blatant dereliction of duty has perhaps finally turned Lightfoot, a mayor often criticized for her own radically progressive agenda, against a fellow radical progressive. Last week, Lightfoot sent out a campaign email that, while not naming Foxx directly, said the mayor “did not understand” the decision not to bring charges in the case. Lightfoot also said, “We know that we cannot have a city where this kind of incident happens and no one is held accountable.” In response, Foxx says she is “mortified” by Lightfoot’s criticism and that Lightfoot is inappropriately overstepping her authority.
For Lightfoot, going after Foxx is likely just a matter of political survival. Chicago has seen a record spike in murders this year, and Lightfoot will eventually have to face the voters. After enabling and even encouraging the rise in crime through Defund the Police rhetoric and soft-on-crime city policies, Lightfoot is now desperate for someone else to blame. While Foxx undoubtedly also shares a large degree of responsibility for not taking dangerous criminals off the streets, Lightfoot is no less guilty.
For the sake of public safety, Chicagoans can only hope for a new direction in both City Hall and the state attorney’s office at the earliest possible opportunity.
Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.
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SOONER or LATER, the cannibals will turn on each other. So be it!!
Let the BLM, gangs, and thugs kill each other.
The DA must have graduated from a correspondence school for law. Mutual Combat is an antiquated law that legalized dueling which was a mutually agreed upon fight that was fair and did not endanger innocent people. I seriously doubt the case here involved any agreement, was not fair and did endanger the innocent.
Since the Left has shown their reliance on this law as a defense in this case, contact your local legislators to get it removed from your state laws so they can’t use it in other cases.
Why is Soros a citizen of the United States? Did he claim asylum? Wasn’t he a German citizen who worked with Nazis? If I am wrong, please correct me.
His Family and he are from Hungary and did in fact work with the NAZI party turning in Jewish citizens for pay!
The victims of crimes not prosecuted due to Soros’ influence should file a class action lawsuit against the a-hole demanding the bulk of his billions and his PERMANENT eviction from the US.
Mr SOROS IS A HUGE SUPPORTER OF SOCIALIST/ DEM PARTY !
You mean Satan and the Satanist Party!
The Mayor critical of the DA?Don’t be distracted by this. They are both on the same side. Don’t be deceived. These comments are for public consumption only. It’s all show business.
All one has to do is know History, know Communism, know that Soros is a Communist who sold his own people out to Hitler and the SS, and know Stalin’s platform and agenda.
One of the primary means to break a country in order to install Communism is to cause such a level of chaos and anarchy that a country breaks.
Bankrupting it is another means.
Flooding it with useless, welfare foreigners is another.
The Communists are winning America.
Patriots are losing it.
It’s a HORROR story!
Spot on Becky. Wake up Independent voters!!!
First of all. with regard to Mayor Lightfoot’s ridiculous contention that Foxx’s refusal to charge these gang thugs will “plunge the city into chaos”: Where has she been? Chicago is already in chaos with no sign of improvement any time soon. Second of all, let this be a lesson to voters everywhere. If you vote for soft on crime prosecutors and other soft on crime politicians, soft on crime policies is exactly what you will get. As a result, law abiding citizens will be endangered and to make matters worse will be unable to defend themselves because the soft on crime politicians (who conveniently all have their own private security details) also support gun control and defunding the police.
perhaps Foxx and Lightfoot are BLAMING EACH OTHER TO HIDE THEIR THEIR EVIL AGENDAS IT IS TYPICAL FOR SOCIALIST PROGRESSSIVE DEMS TO LIE CHEAT STEAL AND DEFLECT BLAME VIA PROJECTION
Hell will be about as safe and comforting for all these sleezy leftists as Chicago. It will be poetic justice. They are earning their eternities.
Alll parties involved sound like they likely have commited crimes in the past.
But it seems that being in your own home and being fired upon is reason to shoot back in self defense in this particular incident.
Probably a LOT more to the story…..
I don’t understand why lethal “Mutual Combat” is an acceptable behavior in a civilized community of citizens of the USA.
Looks like Mr Soros organization has infiltrated Shoot em up Chicago EVEN PASSIVE L LIGHTFOOT IS CONCERNED ABOUT HER CITY!
As long as the “legal” system won’t prosecute, we the people are sitting ducks. We don’t need more laws or confiscation of firearms, but a legal system that has “teeth” to deal with the problem. Anyone that is a mass killer deserves the death sentence, not sitting on death row for 20 years. You think the “legal system” is fair? Think again!
The legal system has been dead since about 2000.
Use “MUTUAL COMBAT” as rationale and justification for whatever is good v. all that is evil!
It would be interesting to find out Soros’s purpose in destroying our country. Maybe we could get him interested in going after terrorist political groups.
It’s all about more power. He and those like him don’t care what country his power comes from. It’s about controlling the masses for his benefit. There will always be more money to be made, somewhere.
It’s all about power and control.. and.. MONEY HELPS FACILITATE
George has written many books, interviews and papers on his specific objective of destroying the USA.
The only question I have is why the USA tolerates his openly subversive activities. Would appreciate any insight on this.
Perhaps Mr Soros desires to make America a new SOCIALIST republic the SOCIALIST LED Democrat party is causing much HAVOC IN US CONGRESS
Using Ms. Foxx’s logic, an armed group of citizens could open fire on Soros’ compound. His security detail would return fire, thus satisfying the state of Mutual Combat. Shoot, (no pun intended, but I snickered a little) you could modify your AR-15 to full auto without fear of prosecution. Just think of the possibilities.
“Mutual combat” is what you use when you refuse to prosecute a couple of drunks after a bar fight. With all the rounds going back and forth, these idiots were endangering everyone in the neighborhood. They need to be charged with reckless endangerment at least.
When did we stop bringing up our children right? Where is the integrity and morals that we at one time lived by. I know our nation was never perfect, but it seems communism and capitalism share a similar end product. The common humanity ruled by dictators drunk with power and no one to lead with a conscience or capitalism, which can lead the same evil minded leadership to the quest of power and control over humanity. We have a new all powerful god and that is money and power. To some it is just a monopoly game of life. To many it’s a struggle to survive because morality whether through religion or conscience no longer thrives in our country. Let us do one thing of kindness, and let it spread for we shall not pass this way again. That is the way to self satisfaction and happiness.
God’s word (the Bible) is right.
Lightfoot and Foxx are both as useless as t-ts on a bull ! Both need to be thrown out of office !!
do U thonk FOXX AND LIGHTFOOT ARE SOCIALIST IMPLANTS WITH PURPOSE TO INCREASE VIOLENCE ?
Yeah, useless as mammary glands on a Bull hog!!
African-Americans historically vote color over content. This is an established fact; however, to generically refer to black folks as “stupid” is inappropriate and offensive.
The offensive comments only refer to electing the same losers over and over again……..that isn’t too smart.
Respectfully, I must disagree with your disagreement. Reread the author’s first sentence — “Just shows how stupid blacks are.” That statement is generic in nature and ,in my opinion, not specifically directed towards the voting habits of African-Americans.
Patriots, It is time to get the hell out of this State. Chicago and Illinois are lost to the demonic Democrats. I am leaving next year. The Socialists want a class and Race war while depopulating the planet. And yes they are winning !
Yep. Left Illinois in 2002 and so glad we did. Blatant corruption and violence throughout the state.
Good luck DJames, just hope where ever you move to doesn’t go the way of Illinois. This “cancer” is spreading all over this country, quickly.
I’d put my response to this article here except I know that the cry baby mentality of what used to be America will label me with whatever makes them feel better about themselves even though that nagging feeling deep inside will continue eating at them because they know deep inside that my handling of situations like what’s happening in Chicago and across America is the right and honestly ONLY solution to these problems. But go on. Keep trying to pet the rabid dogs and act surprised when you get bitten! It’s not like the animals are running the zoos while their socialist masters sit back safely in their mansions…oh wait, that’s exactly what it it is! Well, it’s only little children getting caught in the crossfire so sleep tight America! Enjoy the rest…at least until the animals get to your neighborhood!
Speak your mind, sure there are many who need a dose of reality.
Liberals and democrats like to play with what things are called to paint it differently than what it is.
The murders in Chicago are abhorrent and sad, especially the innocents who get caught up in the runaway crime and despicable hatred.
Yet these failed democrats do nothing to instill law and order,make criminals accountable and end the violence. My question is why people tolerate it and don’t REMOVE these useless politicians??
They are allowing it.
What idiot supports defunding the police???
Exactly! Same thing with biden administration….why is AMERICA letting this dirty administration not being held accountable for their heinous acts!!!!!
Republican elected people need to find there back bones, and quit being spineless and get this rotten administration OUT !! ALL OF THEM!!! Do your elected job!! Quit bitching, and get to work before it’s too late. They are and will destroy our beloved Country.
Sorry Sherry, Rinos are no good. There’s no fight left in them. I think it is too late as they are as corrupt as the democrat/communist party.
Amen, brah. And they show their cowardice everyday, as all they do is TALK!
lightfoot and foxx are a disgrace to their offices, failures and should immediately be removed.
Both have acted in direct opposition to Citizens , refuse to enforce the law, and have stood by while hundreds have been MURDERED!!!
The media,self serving politicians and many organizations have over reacted when it suits a political agenda they are pushing ,but yet are silent while lives are taken weekly in Chicago.
Where are the protests?? Where is the accountability of these politicians ?
Where’s the outrage for the loss of lives??
I don’t hear any liberals or democrats saying a word.
Could it be that they dont care because there’s no political gain ,no conservatives to blame??
The democrat run cities and states are an embarrassment.
Why do people who live their tolerate these failed politicians and their policies????
THROW THE LOSERS OUT !!!
Look what happened in Afghanistan. Murder of Americans and what happened to “leave no one behind”? Same saneiro! Who is not being held accountable!
I believe I read an article in which it stated there was no IL Constitution, or city, way to remove Lightfoot from office prior to an election. Same for pritzger. I haven’t delved deeper to find out, but as corrupt as IL is I have no doubt it is true.