CHICAGO (FOX 32) - Chicago Police union attorneys say they will demand special prosecutors in battery cases against police where the charges are dropped or reduced.
The Fraternal Order of Police is sending a letter to State's Attorney Kim Foxx just six days after she dropped charges against a teenage girl in an attack on police. The incident happened at Marshall High School last month.
Police were trying to remove the 16-year-old from school after she was caught using her cell phone. She bit one of the officer’s thumbs and kicked another other in the groin before she was tased.
The teenager was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery, but Foxx dropped the charges.
“This girl assaulted two police officers and now they're not charging her,” said Kevin Graham, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President. “That's wrong."
Now, the Fraternal Order of Police is calling for a special prosecutor to step in, in cases like these. The union says the state's attorney has a pattern of disregarding the safety of officers.
In a letter to Foxx, the union attorneys say they will, “demand a special prosecutor in any case in which the Foxx administration drops or reduces charges in cases where officers are the victims."
The father of the Marshall High School student admits his daughter suffers from behavioral issues but added there is no need for a special prosecutor in this case because it was the police who were the aggressors.
"The Chicago police engaged in the situation, a matter that the public school should have taken care of,” said the student’s father. “Had the police not intervened with what was going on, they never would have gotten hurt and my daughter never would've got hurt.”
The state's attorney's office responded to the letter on Twitter by saying, “Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer was the most frequently charged violent crime against a person in the first two years of the [Kim Foxx] administration."
The spokesperson for Kim Foxx says their office has approved 96 percent of aggravated battery to a police officer charges.