In a nationally watched contest, Kim Foxx, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for Cook County State’s Attorney against two-term incumbent Anita Alvarez, soundly defeated Alvarez Tuesday night in Chicago.
With 100 percent of the vote counted, Foxx captured nearly 58 percent of the vote to Alvarez’s 29 percent. Challenger Donna More was a distant third with 13 percent of the vote.
Alvarez became the object and ridicule and hatred by some voters and the press for withholding a video that showed Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago police officer, shooting Laquan McDonald, 17, 16 times. McDonald was African American.
Van Dyke shot McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014, but Alvarez did not release the video of the shooting until November 24, 2015, more than 13 months after the shooting occurred.
Several independent investigators demanded that Alvarez release footage of the shooting which was captured by police dash cam.
Black Lives Matter and other groups marched down Michigan Avenue and blocked entrances to stores on the Chicago’s swankiest shopping district, chanting “16 shots and a coverup.”
After release of the tape, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder.
At Foxx’s victory party, her supporters wore T-Shirts with “Bye Anita” written on the front.