After Cook County, Illinois’ first mass exoneration, the president of the Chicago Police officers’ union lambasted State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her staff, accusing prosecutors of pandering to a “powerful anti-police movement in the city,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham singled out prosecutor Eric Sussman, who opted not to continue pressing charges against Jose Maysonet in a double-murder case. Sussman’s decision came after five officers who worked alongside former Det. Reynaldo Guevara indicated they would invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
Maysonet was freed last week after spending nearly three decades behind bars. Graham was responding to a Sun-Times editorial that called it “disturbing” to see the officers take the Fifth. He called the editorial “wholly biased and misinformed.” Graham told the newspaper that, “The truth is that detectives in these cases generally want to testify, but they can no longer trust the Cook County state’s attorney to rule on these cases based upon the evidence.” He said Foxx is leading a movement “away from prosecuting criminals into vilifying police officers.” Maysonet’s exoneration was followed by 15 more stemming from cases tied to disgraced Police Sgt. Ronald Watts. It was thought to be the first mass exoneration in Cook County’s history.