Cook County State’s Attorney put 275 police officers on a do not call for court list

The Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said she has released the names of 275 Chicago, suburban, and state police officers that were placed on the “Do Not Call List†which means they should not be allowed to testify in court because of their past misconduct, including unjustly framing people who went to prison. 

The list publicizes the names of police officers whom prosecutors will not use as witnesses in court because of their histories of criminal misconduct or serious wrongdoing. Making the list public is part of a series of reforms to increase public awareness and knowledge about the opaque inner workings of what is the second-largest prosecutor’s office in the country, according to a statement from Foxx’s office.

“The credibility of our office and the integrity of the work that we do requires that we are as transparent as we can possibly be,†Foxx said in an interview with Block Club Chicago. Others reported that the list is much smaller.

Foxx’s spokesperson added in a statement that her office was also updating its internal policies regarding when prosecutors must tell defense attorneys information about officers that may undermine their credibility as witnesses. 

David B. Owens, an assistant professor of law at the University of Washington and a partner at the Chicago-based civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy, said the public list is a welcome, but not radical, change. 

Other prosecutors in major cities like Brooklyn’s Eric Gonzalez and Baltimore’s Marylin Mosby also have published similar lists.

“This isn’t some huge thing that’s never been heard of,†Owens said. “It is good in the sense that it’s right. But will it change the public’s perception? That is hard to say.â€