The Hare-Dispatch report on the end of interviews for the interim RICO state’s attorney at the last County Board meeting contained this bizarre bit at the end:
“It has been our experience in the recent past where community members have come forward to report incidences we define as unfair and unjust prosecution of cases referred to the state’s attorney’s office by local police departments . . . It is our hope the person you select to be the next Rock Island County State’s Attorney will be sensitive to this issue.”
This was part of a statement by board member Margie Mejia-Caraballo, but what the hell does it mean? What is her definition of “unfair and unjust prosecution”? Without specifics, it’s hard to know what she wants.
And how do you determine if a lawyer will “be sensitive to this issue”? Is there some sort of test to know this sensitivity factor? Again, no concrete guidelines.
Of those in the running for interim SA, two seem to have western European backgrounds—O’Shea and McGehee. Senko is—what? The only “community member” would be Norma Nunez Kauzlarich, but then the disgraced SA was Terronez.
How is anyone to know what all this vague identity politics babble is supposed to mean and what is anyone supposed to do about it?
It seems knowing “unfair and unjust prosecution” is like pornography—you know it when you see it.