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Cook County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges In About 1 In Every 5 Murder Cases
Morning Shift

Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio
by Nereida Moreno, Meha Ahmad

To listen to this entire piece click here

Bill Healy/WBEZ

In this July 2018 file photo, Chicago police assemble during a protest in South Shore.

Chicago Police have made an arrest in about 35 percent of murders between 2011 and 2018. But in that time, Cook County prosecutors have declined to file charges in roughly one out of every five murder cases brought to them by police.

Prosecutors say they can’t file charges if they don’t have enough evidence to prove the case in court. WBEZ reporter Patrick Smith stops joins the Morning Shift for more on this issue.

GUEST: Patrick Smith, WBEZ criminal justice reporter

LEARN MORE: Even When Chicago Police Solve A Murder, Justice Is Not Always Served (WBEZ 9/3/19)

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