FOP To Judge: Forget Foxx, Charge Offender Accordingly
FOP Asks Judge To Disregard Foxx’s Plea Deal In Death Of Officer
Outraged that Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx has downgraded criminal charges in a case in which a Chicago Police officer was the victim and was killed, the Fraternal Order of Police and its attorneys are appealing to the sentencing judge.
Tito “Mannie” Rodriguez Jr. was killed in 2014 when Dennis Anderson recklessly crashed his car into Rodriquez, who was riding his motorcycle to work.
Originally, Anderson was charged with felony reckless homicide. The case has been pending before Judge Neera Walsh in the Cook County Criminal Court House at 26th Street and California Avenue for more than four years.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, however, made a deal to lower the charge to a misdemeanor. Foxx’s willingness to make such a deal is part of a pattern of lowering charges against offenders when police are the victims, the FOP and its attorneys have alleged. She has also rolled over on cases in which officers have been frivolously accused of misconduct, they say.
First Vice President Pat Murray took up the cause for Rodriguez’s family, who were shocked when they found out that Foxx was willing to downgrade the charges. Second Vice President Martin Preib initiated a petition drive that has garnered upwards of 7,000 signatures, and FOP Attorney Tim Grace has prepared a brief for Judge Walsh.
“Defendant Dennis Anderson should not get what amounts to a legal slap on the wrist for causing the death of Tito Rodriguez simply because the Cook County Prosecutor has demonstrated so little respect for Chicago Police Officers,” Preib wrote to Judge Walsh.
Since 2016, Foxx has established an impressive record of betraying the police and turning her office into an advocate for criminals at the expense of public safety.
Here are some key examples of Foxx refusing to adequately charge offenders who have attacked or threatened to attack the police.
In October, a man was arrested for making threats on social media, advocating attacking police officers and burning down the offices of Chicago aldermen. Foxx prosecutors still refused to bring felony charges against him.
In another case, an officer was bit in the leg during a downtown demonstration called “Slut Walk” in August. The offender was charged with Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer, a felony.
But a plea agreement was apparently worked out between prosecutors under Foxx and the offender. His charge was reduced to a municipal code violation: unlawful assembly. The decision was made without the knowledge of the officer. The officer stated he would never have approved of such a reduction in the charge.
Not only has Foxx rolled over on cases in which officers were the victims of violent crime, but she has also given the green light to even the most dubious claims of wrongful conviction.
In releasing several convicted killers, Foxx has reversed the decision of her predecessor, Anita Alvarez, who stood by the convictions and the conduct of the officers.