Hours after he abruptly resigned as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor, Zachary Fardon issued a fiery open letter urging the city and U.S. Justice Department to push through a consent decree for sweeping changes at the Chicago Police Department, reports the Chicago Tribune. The letter called for federal and local police to “flood” neighborhoods afflicted by rampant gang crime and labeled social media as what’s driving “the virus of gun play” among young people. Fardon expressed a deep frustration with the entrenched nature of the violence, which last year increased to levels unseen in two decades even though Fardon made it his office’s top priority from the moment he took the reins in October 2013. “At no moment during those three and a half years did the gun violence abate,” he wrote. “Every month, every year, innocents died, kids died.”
Fardon and other U.S. Attorneys were asked to submit his resignation Friday by Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente. The selection process for a new nominee traditionally has been headed by the senior member of the congressional delegation from the president’s party — currently Rep. John Shimkus of Collinsville, near St. Louis. The search that led to Fardon’s selection included a committee that spent months developing a list of finalists that was then forwarded to the state’s two senators — Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and then-Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican. It’s not clear if the Trump administration will adhere to that procedure.