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Mayor Lightfoot says ‘dangerous’ people charged with violent crimes must be held until trial


CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday that to maintain security, those charged with violent crimes must be detained.

The mayor said judges should not allow people charged with violent crimes to bail – because if charged, they are guilty.

The mayor’s comments came in response to a question about the recent shootings of two Chicago several police officers in the last seven days. The mayor said there had been an exponential increase in the number of officers being shot in Chicago – by criminals who felt emboldened.

“If people don’t feel like they will be held accountable for their actions, they will continue to be bold and brash,” she said.

Mayor Lightfoot said non-violent people shouldn’t be detained just because they can’t afford bail. But for people charged with violent crimes, she said, it’s a different story.

“Given the exacting standards that the state’s attorney has for charging a case, which is proof beyond a reasonable doubt – when those charges are laid, those people are guilty,” Lightfoot said, “and of course , they have a right to a presumption of Of course, they have a right to their day in court, but the residents of our community also have a right to be safe from dangerous people, so we must continue to press criminal courts to lock up violent and dangerous people.

The mayor accused the Cook County Criminal Courts of failing to do their job and consider the danger to the community when a violent felon is released on bail.

“When you have someone who is charged with murder, attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, carjacking – as is the case now – those people are walking the streets right now, today. in our communities today,” said Mayor Lightfoot.

Anyone with a rap sheet “as long as my arm” who is charged again with a violent crime is a “danger to the community” and should be held pending trial, Lightfoot said.


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