Statement on lack of charges against Chicago Police officer in Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier shooting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Katelyn JohnsonAction Now rejects State's Attorney's decisionProsecutors need to provide answers to community
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office has declined to bring charges against Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo in the fatal shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones on December 26, 2015. The State’s Attorney’s Office said there is “insufficient evidence” concerning the officer-involved shooting. We at Action Now reject the State’s Attorney’s Office’s conclusion and are disappointed in the decision not to prosecute the officer.
The recent Department of Justice findings of glaring failures in investigating cases of misconduct by the Chicago Police Department are further proof of the long-held belief that justice is being denied to people who have been violated by police officers. The State’s Attorney’s office has the power to investigate and prosecute police misconduct despite the lack of accountability within the police department. A failure on the part of the county’s investigative arm to provide justice for former Action Now member Bettie Jones’s and Quintonio Legrier's families is ample reason for our communities to distrust those in power to protect them.
“This is frustrating and beyond discouraging. There is no reason why these two community members should have died, other than police negligence. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and the State’s Attorney’s Office will have to do much better if they are ever going to earn long-term trust of community members,” said Katelyn Johnson, Executive Director of Action Now.
Despite this disappointing decision, Action Now members invite Kim Foxx to speak with us about her plans to build trust between the community and the State’s Attorney’s Office. We are eager to share our ideas with her on moving forward withcommunity-based plans to hold police officers accountable for misconduct.