Chicago Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) is making a blunt claim as he campaigns to become the next Cook County state's attorney:
African Americans don't trust county prosecutors, he says.
"Many [prosecutors] have forgotten that they were put in that job to do justice," Brookins told 30 people at a town hall-style meeting in Markham over the weekend. They've "created a culture that has caused a distrust among the entire [African-American] community. . . . People are apprehensive to cooperate with the state's attorney's office."
And in Brookins corner? Old "Let 'em Go" Leo Holt:
- "There's one thing I have learned about the system, and that is that it is deeply racist," Holt said. "Our community has to come together around Howard's candidacy, or we have to stop talking about the unfairness of the criminal justice system. Everybody knows the criminal justice system is unfair."
And notice how Brookins attacks the State's Attorney office without actually pointing out who was running it during the time that Burge was supposed to be "torturing" 200 people.
Let this guy keep talking and he'll render himself unelectable within a few months. Remember, he's one of those calling for the release of the list of names.