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To Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, what happens between consenting adults is a completely private matter.a group of people on a stage© Provided by Washington Examiner

In fact, she is challenging the limits of libertarian ideology.

For example, when five gangsters were arrested for holding a public gunfight in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood last week, shooting more than 70 rounds at each other in all, she decided to let them go without charges.

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After all, as her office explained to police, it was a quarrel between “mutual combatants!”

Even Chicago’s leftist mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is a bit uncomfortable with this decision.

“I believe that there are charges that can be brought at a minimum against the individuals who initiated the gunfire,” said Lightfoot. “We can’t live in a world where there’s no accountability.”

But she’s wrong — some people not only can live in that world, but they want to. This is the new brand of “progressive prosecutor” — the kind of leftist who will scream, shout, and pump the fist for gun control laws only to let known violent criminals violate those exact laws with total impunity.

Thanks in some large part to Foxx, Chicago has no safe neighborhoods left. Ken Griffin, Chicago’s wealthiest resident, has said that “Chicago is like Afghanistan on a good day, and that’s a problem.” He is talking about picking up his multibillion-dollar hedge fund and leaving for someplace where financial managers are actually willing to live. He also took it personally when someone “tried to carjack the security detail” outside his home, because it’s become that bad.

It’s really quite simple to explain what has happened. Wealthy leftist donors such as George Soros have decided they find it amusing to endanger Chicagoans and the inhabitants of other major cities by funding the campaigns of incompetent, dishonest, soft-on-crime district attorneys such as Foxx, Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner, Baltimore’s Marilyn Mosby, and others. Based on the spike in violent crime over which these Soros DAs have presided, it seems safe to say that this project is making America’s cities uninhabitable again.

So-called “Soros prosecutors” are also dropping charges and releasing violent, hardened career criminals into San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and other increasingly undesirable cities. The result has been a national crime wave disproportionately concentrated in those cities. This is a major reason why there were so many additional black lives that ended violently in 2020, as the FBI’s latest data indicate. This is where soft-on-crime liberals are taking the country.

The formula for reducing crime is well-known. In the 1990s, a lawless New York City was brought under control through proactive policing and strict enforcement. Crime plummeted because criminals knew they would be caught and caged. And many of those who would have been out committing violent crimes were too busy serving their prison sentences to reoffend.

Today, so-called “progressive prosecutors” are doing the opposite, giving criminals free rein in their cities. Voters living under their misrule need to take their heads out of the sand. Their communities and their investments therein are currently at risk and rapidly losing value thanks to the attitudes and actions of the liberal Democrats they stubbornly and stupidly keep electing to coddle criminals. Their cities are becoming unsafe and unpleasant, and people are increasingly looking for greener pastures.

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If Chicagoans want to keep sending their populations west and driving up property values in cities like Mesa, Provo, and Boise, then they are doing exactly what they need to do.

On the other hand, if they want their own cities to thrive — or even to survive, perhaps — they need to start electing prosecutors who actually, you know, prosecute criminals.

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